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District’s plan speaks to woes of failed system
Bakersfield Californian

By all accounts, the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District’s plan to change its employee medical benefits has failed. The most controversial aspect of the plan, denying coverage to employees who can get insurance through a spouse’s employer, isn’t going to fly. Nor should it.

Teachers expressed unease about the proposal and ultimately voted down a new union contract that would have implemented that rather profound change. Other local employers also gave the proposal negative reviews amid fears that the district’s changes would merely shift the risk elsewhere.