Teri Sforza of the OC Watchdog Blog has an interesting story this morning on the Health Care benefit costs for 9 of 12 elected County officials.
- the 12 elected officials in the County of Orange’s hierarchyÂ getÂ the nice benefit of havingÂ 100 percent of their health insurance premiums paid for by the county – not just for themselves, but also for their dependents;
- and that the county will payÂ $140,167 to cover those premiums this year.
We received a rather stuffy response from Assistant County CEO Rob Richardson, saying that they don’t have to tell us. Disclosing specifics could broadcast information about people’s medical conditions far and wide, and that sort of information is private, he argued. (You can read Richardson’s letterÂ by clicking county-response.)
Before we could argue,Â the countyÂ took anÂ extra step, asking the dozen elected officials if they’d be willing to waive their privacy rights and disclose the requestedÂ information. Nine of them said yes, showing that health benefits range from $15,603 for electeds with two or more dependents, to $6,421Â forÂ a lone elected.
- DistrictÂ Attorney Tony Rackauckas
- Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom
- Assessor Webster J. Guillory
Â Thanks to nine electeds for their candor: Read the rest of Teri’s story here.