I most recently posted about the American Federation of Teacher president, Randi Weingarten, and NYC UFT president, Michael Mulgrew secretly planning to move retiree health care to Medicare Advantage.
While current retirees might not see a difference right now, handing retiree coverage over to Aetna or United Health, creates a system of unpredictability that inevitably comes with privatization. Medicare Advantage offers no advantage to current active teachers who, after all, are future retirees.
With Randi Weingarten at its helm, the AFT (the Chicago Teachers Union is our local AFT affiliate) has been the union face of opposition to national health care, or Medicare for All.
When the New York State legislature recently was ready to pass a state single payer health care bill, Weingarten and the AFT joined with business and insurance industry groups to kill the bill.
And Weingarten played the labor leader attack dog against Bernie Sander’s proposals for Medicare for All during the recent Democratic primaries.