Judge won't delay challenge to Detroit health care

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge won't postpone a hearing to hear objections over Detroit's new plan for retiree health insurance.

Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes says any delays could cause confusion and hurt retirees. He could hear arguments for an injunction by next Monday.

Detroit has told retirees under 65 they'll be paying more out of their own pocket in 2014. The city says it will provide $125 a month, and it also believes the retirees would be eligible for federal subsidies.

Retirees claim Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr is violating a commitment by the city to provide health insurance at low cost or no cost.

The city wanted to delay the injunction hearing and try to reach a deal out of court.

Published: Thu, Nov 7, 2013