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    •  Interesting link... (7+ / 0-)

      Seems the Insurance companies and the employers are both using HCR as an excuse to gouge working families!

      Pretty calculated move on the part of industry... and predictable!

      From your Bloomberg article:

      Paychecks to Shrink Because of Higher Health Premiums, U.S. Companies Say


      The companies surveyed expect their costs of health-care benefits to rise an average of 8.9 percent next year. The legislation Obama signed in March will contribute an estimated 1 percentage point to the higher expense, Helen Darling, the business group’s president, said at a press conference in Washington today. Employee-paid portions may see small increases, she said.

      "They’re usually very small increments," Darling said. "It could be as little as 1 percent."

      Employers may be using the health-care law as cover for changes they already planned to make to their benefits, said Igor Volsky, a health-care researcher at the Washington-based Center for American Progress, which supported the overhaul.

      Giving Blame

      "Costs are always increasing but they’re going to blame what they’re going to blame," Volsky said yesterday before the survey’s results were released.

      The companies, each of which has at least 5,000 workers on its payroll, said they expected their health-benefit costs to rise 7 percent this year, half a percentage point higher than employers estimated in a separate survey released by the National Business Group on Health and the consulting firm Towers Watson & Co. in March.

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