Like a bee on the loose, Emergency Kevin Orr is showing that he's not a afraid to use his stinger.
Chad Livengood of the Detroit News reports that Orr on Monday announced big cuts in health insurance for 28,500 current and retired city workers. The cuts would take effect Jan. 1.
City officials began sending notices late last week to about 8,000 retirees under age 65 that Detroit is axing their city-paid $605 per month retiree health insurance coverage ($1,834 for families) and instead giving them a monthly $125 payment to use toward a private plan on the federal health insurance marketplace exchanges. Disabled retirees under age 65 will get a $200 monthly payment for their health insurance needs.
The move is likely to be part of a legal battle as unions push back against cuts. -- Allan Lengel