Friday, August 12, 2011

Lawsuit?

Last Friday (a week ago) was a rather full day for me!

Once again, I was up early, did my exercise and went to work out at my friend's gym.  After returning home to shower and clean up, I made my way to the Caboto Club, here in Windsor.

Arriving well before 10:00 a.m., I had trouble finding a parking spot.  After circling the property a couple of times, I finally found somewhere to park and made my way into the building.

The room was filled with people.  There must have been a thousand people!  I'm not kidding.  I was floored seeing so many people.

Why were we all there?

Well, a few weeks ago I received a letter saying that I was part of a class-action lawsuit against General Motors Canada (GM), with regards to retirees who retired from GM, prior to 2009 and/or their surviving spouses.  The lawsuit is about the healthcare benefits.

Until I sat in this Information Meeting, I had no idea what was going on.  I was glad I went.

Apparently, many years ago, GM borrowed some funds from the healthcare fund and it wasn't repaid in full.  Now, I don't want to go into a lot of detail, but I will say that it explained to me why our healthcare benefits were drastically changed since Gordon died.

A proposed settlement will be decided upon in court.  Hopefully, the judge will see the injustice of the situation and protect all who are currently insured and not side with the corporation who created this dilemma.

If we lose this lawsuit, it will certainly place a greater burden on our governmental healthcare system, for then the government will have to provide in part for lost benefits currently received through the insurer.  I believe this would be a tragedy that would affect everyone and not just those like me, who are currently insured by this plan.

In a few months, we will all be advised as to the court decision.

Of course, God's will is always done.  I am praying that God's will is for GM retirees and/or surviving spouses will not be hurt any further from this situation, nor the taxpayers who will have to pay more in taxes to cover the costs that the government will have to cover, if this lawsuit is lost.

If you can find it in your heart to pray with regards to this matter, I would appreciate it.  May God bless you, for this.


Until next time...

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