I’m not sure I agree with Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst, the former first selectman of Trumbull, on many issues, but I do like some of his tough talk on loosening the grip of unions on the state’s financial future.
I also heard an interesting fact from Herbst, in his pitch for pension reform for state retirees, as he gave an example during a recent interview with The Day’s editorial board, of how generous Connecticut is with its retirees, especially with post-employment medical benefits.
To prove his point, Herbst cited five former Connecticut lawmakers who went on to the U.S. Congress, some still there and some having since moved on, who all have kept their medical benefits from Connecticut.
They are: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; U.S. Rep. John Larson; former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, now Stonington first selectman; former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays and former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
Indeed, a quick fact check confirmed those five still are enrolled in Connecticut’s medical plan through UnitedHealthcare. For those over 65 and eligible for Medicare, it provides additional coverage for things Medicare would not cover.