# Gays Caused the Auto Industry Crisis!

Our conservative friends at RightMichigan are saying what should be obvious. You know who’s to blame for the auto industry problems don’t you? Yep, it’s the gays. If only the Big Three would stop providing health benefits to same-sex couples, their problems would melt away:

They could save some \$\$ by eliminating benefits to partners of same-sex couple. Anyone discussing that??

Nope, only you. He then engages in a little fuzzy math. After noting that the UAW has 460,000 members, he writes:

I could not find much on the cost of providing these benefits however

A 2005 Hewitt Associates study revealed that a majority of employers experience a total benefits cost increase of less than 1 percent.

Several studies have shown that enrollment rates tend to be in the 1 percent to 2 percent range.

For Example:

2% of 446,000 is over 93,000

93,000 @ \$395 for health care for active workers and \$950 for retirees. Equals for active workers \$36,735.000.00 and for retirees \$88,350.000.00

Total \$125,085.000.00

Eliminating same sex couple partner benefits is an over 25 million savings to GM.

So if we are going to talk about eliminating benefits for actual employees…

Actually, 2% of 460,000 is 8920. But why let a little simple math that the blogger, presumably, learned in the 4th grade stand in the way of a perfectly good ignorant rant?