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  •  Once again, the failure of health (7+ / 0-)

    insurance reform to reduce costs.  This issue will come up again and again, bleeding any unionized field to death until/unless costs are brought under control.  And we can't fix it just by saying the company is evil.  It's not that simple.

    Say there is a yearly $1000 per worker increase in healthcare costs/premiums.  If a company demands that the employee cover all increases, we cry foul.  But is it reasonable to expect that the company simply eat any increases year after year, to the point of actual non-competitiveness or bankruptcy?  That's not a solution, either.

    Personally, I think the best we can do at the moment is a cost-sharing arrangement, where both parties agree to cover 50% of the yearly increases.  That's not ideal for either party, but at least it shares the pain.  Even more importantly, it gives both parties an incentive to lobby for better healthcare reform that would actually bring these outrageous cost increases under control.  Skyrocketing healthcare costs are bleeding American workers & industry dry.

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