New Jersey pension/benefits bill – as proposed – restricts access to medical care

That portion of the bill, which begins at page 110, forces employees to seek medical care in New Jersey, except for some extraordinary circumstances. The section is entirely divorced from the purpose of the reform bill and it is a separate issue altogether.

It should not be included in the reform because it has no guaranteed fiscal benefit for New Jersey. I suspect it is a gift from the sponsors of the bill to some donor involved with New Jersey hospitals. This is what always happens with the two dominant political parties; they are unable to produce a law for the stated purpose of it and instead introduce foreign factors which often counteract any positive effects that the core bill might have had.

The reform is needed. This addendum is not. This particular clause may also restrict interstate commerce.

The proposed bill: