Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Decreasing Because Of High Costs
EPI economist Jacob Hacker said the decline stems from rising costs in a healthcare system "that is enormously wasteful, ill-targeted, inefficient andunfair." He added, "The best medical care is extremely good, but theRube Goldberg system through which that care is financed is extremely bad --and falling apart."
Elise Gould, another EPI economist, said, "The erosion of workers in theemployer system into the public one in effect shifts the cost of employersinsuring their workers onto taxpayers." Gould also said that "withthe employer-based system clearly unraveling, it's critical that publiclyprovided coverage pick up the slack" (Thalman, Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News, 11/1).
Robert Meehan, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield ofNew Jersey vicepresident for consumer and senior markets, said the report "is not news,it's just more of the same" (
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