# 1: As everyone knows the cost of health insurance is very expensive. A family plan participant in the City of Worcester group health plan conservatively costs the City of Worcester $12,000 per year. That is on the low side probably closing to $15,000 depending on the plan.

City Councilor your compensation is approximately $30,000 per year. If a City Councilor participates in the City of Worcester health insurance plan, your actually cost to the tax-payer is $42,000 to $45,000 not $30,000. Either the Councilor pay should be cut by the cost of their health plan to the City of Worcester, if you participate in the plan to keep or we should make City Councilors (or any elected official) not eligible for the Group Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Plan.

How exactly does a City Councilor who is a member in the City of Worcester health insuranc plan vote on any issues relating to these benefits without it being a conflict? Not letting elected officials participate in the health plan will save approximately $50,000 last time we checked.