“I think you are a hypocrite,” Jim Kearns told McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
He pointed out that Franks was taking county health insurance when he could be saving county taxpayers its cost by taking the state health insurance to which he was entitled because he was receiving a state pension.
“I can see your political hacks making the rob-calls tomorrow.
“When you say it’s not a political thing, you did that by calling out names.
“I would call you on to immediately give up your county insurance.”
Franks could not let the challenge go unanswered.
“You don’t have to fill out the time sheet unless you take health insurance.”
Franks explained he took the county insurance because he wanted to understand the “consternation [that county employees have] at having a high deductible.”
In taking county health benefits Franks revealed, “My cost is greater than the state subsidy” he receives for not taking state health insurance.
At this point, Democrat Michael Vijuk spoke up in support of Franks’ proposals.
Franks talked of people without health insurance.
Trying to justify his placement of the items on the agenda, he pointed out that the resolution about salaries had been before two County Board committees at which “nobody wants to increase our salaries.”
Franks again pointed out that County Board salaries were the highest per capita of any collar county and managed to work the phrase “petty politics” in.
Kearns again issued is challenge:
You can effect it immediately.
Give up your insurance.
Take the state.
“I will do it when everyone else does,” the millionaire retorted.
“Put your money where your mouth is,” Kearns replied.