Of course, you are conveniently ignoring the fact that the pension system preceded the 401k system by about 40 years, and that many state's have failed to fund their pensions---a faux pas for which, incidentally, any private entity would be indicted.Just including pensions (forget your evil "healthcare cabal" for a moment) signifcantly changes that and probably makes public overcompensated in nearly all 200 comparable jobs, private employees make far-far less then private employees in pension.
Are public employees not entitled to some sort of retirement package or are they supposed to wander off onto some polar icesheet and quietly die?
I do not care a whit whether you are interested in discussing the issue. The fact of the matter is that the healthcare cabal is extorting all of us, even you, though you are too much the fool to recognize it.Now, including the evil "healthcare cabal" benefits will change that even futher. You can't ignore that portion of compensation just because you think healthcare charges are evil or blindly believe that they are fraudulently overcharging for the benefits. Insurance, which I assume is your real issue, adds little to the overall cost of healthcare. However, this is a completly different topic that I am not intersted in having.
...or you could recognize that unions are the foundation of economic democracy and that many private sector unions do as well or better than many public sector unions in obtaining healthcare benefits for their members.Although, you could blame the unions for demanding better and more expensive health care benefits then private sector employees recieve and the government for caving into those requirements.