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Employers shifting health-care costs to workers, survey shows
Washington Post ^ | 9/2/10 | David S. Hilzenrath

Posted on 09/02/2010 12:57:10 PM PDT by Nachum

Amid high unemployment and a weak economy, employers have been shifting health care costs to workers, according to a study released Thursday. The premiums that employees pay for employer-sponsored family coverage rose an average of 13.7 percent this year, while the amount that employers contribute fell by 0.9 percent, the survey found. For family coverage, workers are paying an average of $3,997, up $482 from last year, while employers are paying an average of $9,773, down $87, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: costs; employers; healthcare; shifting
You employers better not... or Obama will sue.
1 posted on 09/02/2010 12:57:15 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Totally by design. Put the burden on workers and then watch them come out with a plan to “relieve” the burden.... government health care.


2 posted on 09/02/2010 12:59:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Nachum
Except, of course, public sector unions. Because they are special...
3 posted on 09/02/2010 1:00:51 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Nachum

Oh, what a surprise..


4 posted on 09/02/2010 1:02:24 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: GeronL

Bingo!


6 posted on 09/02/2010 1:02:50 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Nachum

Well, where did these people think the cost would shifted to? Are they idiots? People pay taxes not business. Business is just another element in the tax machine. Kill the machine by accepting individual responsibility and you free yourself, your family and your future.


8 posted on 09/02/2010 1:03:06 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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9 posted on 09/02/2010 1:03:26 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Nachum

How unexpected...


10 posted on 09/02/2010 1:03:42 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: reaganite1976

“Employers shifting health-care costs to workers, survey shows”

Nope, didn’t see this one coming. Anyone?


11 posted on 09/02/2010 1:03:46 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: Nachum

The joke is, beneficiaries have been paying for their own health care all along. Kaiser is part of the institutionale fog that masks that fact.


12 posted on 09/02/2010 1:04:06 PM PDT by TimSkalaBim
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To: Nachum
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13 posted on 09/02/2010 1:04:46 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Nachum
Obamacare
14 posted on 09/02/2010 1:05:08 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Nachum

Duh!


15 posted on 09/02/2010 1:06:09 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TruthHound

LOL


16 posted on 09/02/2010 1:06:53 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
Pay migrated to fringe benefits as they were not taxed.

Should they become taxable as ordinary income, the trend will be to avoid the hassle of administering fringes and let them molder into nothingness.

17 posted on 09/02/2010 1:13:17 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

Have a reply to this but due to the nature of my reply will need to be out of the office and at home.

PING


18 posted on 09/02/2010 1:14:07 PM PDT by fujimoh
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To: 2banana
For family coverage, workers are paying an average of $3,997, up $482 from last year,

I'm a federal employee and that is within a few dollars of what I pay for family coverage, PPO, 20% cost share, $5000 catostrophic cap. I don't think my coverage went up that much last year so before that I must have been above average.

19 posted on 09/02/2010 1:22:48 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: GeronL
Totally by design. Put the burden on workers and then watch them come out and blame it on the greed of the evil corporations and insurance companies.
20 posted on 09/02/2010 1:27:02 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Part of that 9.5% that's really more like 20%, Let's call it what it is: The Great O-pression)
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To: GeronL

Duh! Why should employers absorb the costs? Why are they in business?


21 posted on 09/02/2010 1:29:36 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Nachum
You employers better not... or Obama will sue.

Nope, he won't sue. This will give the Marxist the excuse he needs to force the "public option" on EVERYBODY. "See, the free market can't work."

22 posted on 09/02/2010 1:43:34 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Nachum
I worked for a small company from 87 to 01. When I started, they paid all of the healthcare costs of an employee and his family! It was a "Cadillac" if insurance coverage, too, health, dental, optical, drug rider, all the bennies. By 01, when I left, they were only paying half of the employee's coverage and none for "family". I hear now that they don't pay any of it at all. The cost of healthcare and doing business (taxes, etc.) destroys the margin left over for employee bennies. Many years ago, just to get good people, companies had to offer some kind of health care coverage. Now, the pendulum has swung away, and companies can get away with not offering coverage as an incentive.
23 posted on 09/02/2010 1:57:03 PM PDT by jeffc (One Big A$$ Mistake America)
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To: Nachum

A lady called Rush the other day and said their premiums had gone up $1,800 a year and their deductive went so high they can’t afford to go to the doctor.

I got an advertising circular mailed to me from a doctor my wife went to over a year ago. They’re hurting for “business”. My cardiologist said he’s going to lose 30% the first year.

This is going to get worse. And I have no hope the republicans will do anything about it if they take the majority. The government’s goal is total single payer government run healthcare.


24 posted on 09/02/2010 2:00:23 PM PDT by Terry Mross (o)
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The company my hubby works for that is a "self insured" company sent out a memo last week. Coverage for dependents until they are 26 would be allowed and lifetime caps are gone. It went on to say they don't know yet how much premiums will go up but they have a team working on it and that memo will be out soon.

I'm so excited! I just can't wait to see how much more we'll be paying. /s

25 posted on 09/02/2010 2:01:55 PM PDT by Grumpybutt (Gender Traditionalist)
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