From Kaiser.org, its invaluable daily reports:
U.S. manufacturers that offer health insurance to employees spend an average of $2.38 per worker per hour on health care, substantially more than the amount spent by foreign competitors, according to a report released on Tuesday by the New America Foundation, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the Times, the report “provides support for the now-familiar lament of employers — that rising health care costs are eating into the corporate bottom line.”
Not the way we’d characterize it. How about: “provides support for the reality employers face, that rising health care costs make it more difficult to compete in the global marketplace.”
In its materials, the Foundation summarizes:
A new model for health care that…
reforms the current insurance marketplace; provides income-based subsidies; and is individual, rather than employer-based,
…would enable us to finance our 21st-century health system in a more sustainable and competitive way.
Again for the report and briefing paper, start here.
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