I am responding to your May 31 story, "Big 3 ask for help on health care."
As one of the majority of persons without employer-sponsored health benefits, I feel it is not fair to ask taxpayers to pay for the $1,400-a-car health benefits for overpaid unionized auto workers.
Those costs are the result of foolish Big 3 employers granting excessive lifetime pay and benefits.
Most companies do not pay health care benefits to retirees. They do not adjust benefits for inflation and do not pay pensions until age 65, and they limit benefit checks to about 20 percent of pre-retirement income.
The excessive lifetime pay and benefits for unionized auto workers should have been used to improve the quality of Big 3 cars and to avoid the market-share loss of the past 30 years.
Many retirees are forced to buy American-built Japanese cars because they cannot afford the excessive pay and benefits of unionized auto workers that are built into domestic cars,
It is time for UAW members to pay one-third of their health-care costs while working and pay their own Medicare, supplemental insurance and prescription drugs in retirement, just as two-thirds of retirees now must do.