Liberty Local Schools health insurance consultant Cheryl Broadway said if employers shopped around for health care insurance every year, companies would not provide the service.
Wow. We'd like to see her household budget and how much she paid for her vehicle and her home. Auto dealers and Realtors, for example, would refuse to sell to potential customers who shop for the best deal.
Broadway's firm, Grossman Consulting, receives $3,000 per month to advise Liberty on health insurance. Broadway announced during a state fiscal oversight commission meeting that the district saved $2.8 million over three years by switching providers.
Fiscal commission oversight member Pat Ungaro asked why the firm doesn't shop around every year. Broadway said that would make health insurance companies less likely to negotiate.
We share sentiments with Ungaro, who responded, ''I've never heard an insurance company say, 'We don't want your business.'''
For the amount of money Liberty pays for Broadway's advice, the school district in fiscal emergency could just about pay for another full-time teacher.