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Court of Appeals [temporarily] halts changes in teacher retirement health care

This month, a majority of the Court of Appeals panel addressing the issue granted relief to a group of public school employee retirees who challenged changes in their retiree health care.  The Court of Appeals held that it was a breach of contract and a denial of Constitutional rights for the State to make wholesale changes in the retirees' health care benefits. 

Needless to say, this being a hot-button political issue in a state with a highly political, Republican-dominated judiciary, this decision won't stand up for long.  Judge Henry Saad, certainly a bellwether for staunch extreme conservatism, filed a dissenting opinion arguing that the cuts were appropriate and legal.

Meanwhile, no one talks about the "elephant in the room:"  i.e., health care costs which are eating American society and American manufacturing, in particular, alive.  Health care costs already loom much larger in America, as a percentage of gross domestic product, than they are anywhere else in the world.  It is expected that they will soon exceed 25% of GDP and no serious expert suggests that this is sustainable.  Nevertheless, politicians remain unwilling to address the problems associated with third-party pay for services.  When the issues are addressed (as Romney did in Massachusetts--who was then mimicked on the national stage with "Obama-care"), they simply become fodder for special interest groups to attack.

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