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LuLaFayette said...

The complaints we mentioned are from City Employees tired of having to overpay for medication. They're also tired of having to use pharmacies that aren't open on weekends or evenings. Here's what we actually said originally, as a side comment on a broader topic:

We concede that LaFayette has done a good job of keeping employee health insurance costs under control. Employees complain (to us and others) about their share of the payments, but everyone’s insurance costs are up in the last few years and the city has managed to keep things fairly stable here. However, the city could save more money on health insurance by allowing plan participants (city employees and their families) to purchase drugs from any pharmacy instead of only the “non-chain” stores it currently limits them to.


While it’s good to support local businesses, LaFayette’s two “non-chain” pharmacies charge more for medication than their national counterparts and neither is open on weekends or after 6 PM. And one of them is owned by LaFayette’s mayor, which might be the real reason for these restrictions. In future years the council should consider opening up employee insurance to any pharmacy within city limits, even hated Walmart and CVS.

The mayor's response to being challenged on this is more revealing than what we said in the first place. Sometimes reactions are worth more than the original comment.

Here's the whole article in context:

November 2, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.

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