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City insurance premiums high-priced

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In regards to the article about the city salaries and resident comments (Journal, Nov. 22), I guess if you aren’t earning the $100K or $200K, these amounts seem excessive and maybe they are. But I was absolutely dumbstruck by the health insurance payments of $17,342, $21,161, $13,221, $20,093 and others, to various city department heads. What the what? My daughter pays $700 per month out-of-pocket for pretty good coverage for her family of five and I thought that was high. But what kind of health insurance could cost this much yearly? Doesn’t anyone shop around? Is this coverage “low bidder?” I would sure like to know who is handling these policies and what kind of wonderful coverage could possibly cost as much as some folks live on in one year. Pat Nik, Auburn