I was going to title this "Scott Walker Vs. The World", but it wouldn't have been appropriate.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is going after Wisconsin's public employee unions. The part that most interests me is not the cap on raises or the attempts to weaken the collective bargaining power of the unions, but the changes to public employee health insurance. Walkers plan will double the employee contribution toward health care premiums. That might help with budgeting in the short-term, but if premiums keep rising, Walker's plan only limits the state government's exposure.
Walker and Wisconsin might benefit from offering public employees at the state and municipal level an optional HSA/catastrophic coverage option like in Indiana. It will save Wisconsin money (it saves Indiana 11% in health insurance costs.) It will save the public employees money. Such a program might be even more attractive to public employees after the increase in their share of premium payments.
While good for Wisconsin, it would also be good for America. Institutions create interests. Public employees with HSA/catastrophic coverage will have a stake in preventing their plans from becoming illegal under Obamacare. US health care politics is a race between those who want to centrally ration all care and those who want empowered consumers choosing between competing providers. Don't just go after the benefits of public employees. Restructure their benefits so that on one issue at least, they end up on the side of market-oriented reformism. We need all the help we can get.