"Michelle MacKay said it's unfair her family pays more for health insurance in a month than a newly negotiated union contract would require some Bucks County workers to pay in a year. The Middletown resident was one of four taxpayers who took the county to task Wednesday at a commissioners meeting for negotiating a five-year contract with American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. For the first time ever, the deal requires many of the 800 AFSCME employees to contribute to their health care coverage, yet the contributions are significantly lower than costs paid by many private sector workers." http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-07032008-1558170.html Althought his story is from my former hometown, it irks me that as taxpayers we have to provide fully paid health care benefits to state and county employees while we in the private sector have to contribute as much as 5% of our income to our own plans. Its about time that these coddled and spoiled rotten government employees start to feel the pinch like the rest of us. And that goes to our representatives in Congress as well.