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Emanuel Lays Out Plan To Cut Health Care Costs

Rahm Emanuel On Health Care

Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel discusses his plan to cut city health care costs on Dec. 20, 2010. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is laying out his plan to cut health care costs for city employees.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Emanuel says as mayor, he would use financial incentives to encourage healthy lifestyles among city employees.

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Emanuel says just 4 percent of government workers in Chicago account for more than 60 percent of the city’s health care costs, and the idea would be to deal with the most common and controllable problems.

“Smoking, obesity, diabetes, blood pressure and heart diseases – you get those costs under control, and you’re get your health care costs not just under control, but also reduce them,” Emanuel said.

Employees who don’t make healthy choices, Emanuel says, might find their medicines or health plans cost more than those who do.