The free health care offered to our elected officials has been a hotly-debated topic lately. The health insurance in question costs taxpayers more than $27,000 per official per year, and the officials have the opportunity to keep the coverage for a small monthly fee after leaving office.
As his latest political move, John Accetturo, Republican candidate for Hamilton County Council, has stated he will forgo the free health care plan. According to Accetturo, “Free health care for a part-time elected official is just over the top. Whatever happened to the concept of public service by elected officials?”
By electing not to use the government health plan, Accetturo would save Hamilton County taxpayers $108,000 during a four-year term.