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Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

Jeeeezus...

http://online.wsj.com/article/APd685...73de1dffb.html

Taxpayers paid $9M for NY teachers' cosmetic work
OCTOBER 28, 2010, 1:54 P.M. ET

BUFFALO, N.Y. Buffalo teachers rang up nearly $9 million worth of taxpayer-covered cosmetic surgery in 2009, according to the state-appointed authority overseeing public school finances.

The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority found that last year's costs for elective procedures such as chemical peels and other skin treatments were up $8 million over 2004's $1 million tab for cosmetic surgery.

The procedures, provided under the teachers' union contract, accounted for 9 percent of the district's total spending on health benefits for employees and retirees
, The Buffalo News reported Thursday.

About 10,000 school employees are eligible for the benefit. District officials said teachers or their dependents accounted for 90 percent of the approximately 500 people who received cosmetic surgery last year.

The president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation said the union has agreed to give up the benefit in the next contract and said teachers may be simply rushing to use the benefit while they can.

Board of Education member Christopher Jacobs said the cost increase "smacks of abuse" and is asking the district and the city comptroller to investigate.

Most procedures were performed by eight doctors, the newspaper said, including one who billed the district $4.3 million.
One dollar out of every eleven in total health expenditures for 2009. Wow.
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This bodes well for the 14-17 yr old boys in that district.
Old 10-28-10, 07:31 PM
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Where were these plastic surgeons when I was in school?
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Re: Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

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Where were these plastic surgeons when I was in school?
Old 10-28-10, 08:12 PM
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Re: Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

Need pics to see if it was worth the expense.
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If it was breast reduction, then it's an automatic jail sentence.
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Fuck this, they should be fired on the spot for bullshit like this; there are tens of thousands of unemployed teachers out there that will gladly take their jobs and give up this cosmetic surgery benefit that is raping the tax payers.
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Re: Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

Well I figured by at least the 3rd post some of our pro government worker frieds would have at least paid lip service to defending this.....
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Re: Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

My guess is that these doctors have a clinic and are advertising for the teachers to come in for their "free" dermal treatments.
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Fuck this, they should be fired on the spot for bullshit like this; there are tens of thousands of unemployed teachers out there that will gladly take their jobs and give up this cosmetic surgery benefit that is raping the tax payers.
While I always take issues with the unions, how the heck does this get in the contract in the first place? Is this full coverage? And it covers their dependents too? If it's really covered, and legit (not sure what the criteria is) I don't think they should be fired.
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Re: Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

Look, if teachers get bigger boobs they get better student attendance records. I follow it.
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Story is useless without pics.
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Re: Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

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Look, if teachers get bigger boobs they get better student attendance records. I follow it.
It worked for Mr. Smith!
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Re: Buffalo, NY teachers rack up $9 million in taxpayer-funded cosmetic surgery

I was a child of the Buffalo School System and let me tell you from first hand experience all of the teachers I had definitely needed work done. There can only be a positive outcome from this.
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Fuck this, they should be fired on the spot for bullshit like this; there are tens of thousands of unemployed teachers out there that will gladly take their jobs and give up this cosmetic surgery benefit that is raping the tax payers.
Fire the people that agreed to cover it. I'm guessing the percentage of principled people that would turn down free cash or benefits from the government falls pretty close to zero.
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Fire the people that agreed to cover it. I'm guessing the percentage of principled people that would turn down free cash or benefits from the government falls pretty close to zero.
Make the people that used the benefit pay back every penny and fire those that approved this BS. I know a lot of counties in New York had to cut back on Meals on Wheels programs and handicapped and mental retardation benefits but then they spend 9 million on this!?!

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