While the county taxpayers have saved $6.5 million since 2007, according to the Warren County Commissioners, when the county changed to self-insurance for health care, there seems to be a storm cloud on the horizon.
That cloud would be the Affordable Health Care Act, or if you prefer, Obamacare.
After returning from a County Commissioners' Association of Pennsylvania conference, Commissioner Stephen Vanco sad that the act will affect the county to some extent.
He said, "I sat in on a meeting yesterday (Tuesday, Nov. 26) and I don't have all the answers yet because they (CCAP) don't have the answers yet. I appears, that what we are going to have is a Cadillac plan, and that's going to cost us some money. Which is foolish; we're providing excellent health care to our employees."
"Because we're doing that, we are going to have to pay, over and above a certain portion of what it costs. Whatever the number is, I don't know yet. Forty percent of that, we're going to have to pay to the insurance program, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, whatever you want to call it," he continued.
"For providing good insurance, we'll be penalized. We're going to have to make some changes to some extent... and still provide coverage."
Rohlin replied, "Your analysis of that is interesting. The irony is, because you treat your employees decently, the government is going to come in and give them a screwing over, so to speak, and take it from them and give it to someone else."