Fewer in U.S. get health insurance through jobs

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 5, 2012 - 9:05 PM

Workers in Minnesota are more likely to get coverage than workers in most other states.

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dflleftDec. 5, 12 9:08 PM

OH REALLY?...wait until Obama care kicks in...Jan of 2014, everyone will be sent to the "exchanges" to get their insurance. Employers will quit offering it. If you like sitting middle seat coach on a 5 hour flight with no food, you are gonna love Obamacare.

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rshacklefordDec. 5, 12 9:14 PM

(article quote)"What is so clear is that workers have lost bargaining power," said Elise Gould, author of the study and director of health policy research at the Washington-based think tank. ---- Not one worker has figured out how to sneeze or cough really hard when around management? Just keep coming into work sick. Productivity will slide and management will be to blame.

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bluedevil101Dec. 5, 12 9:40 PM

Remember President Obama told us that if we liked our insurance we could keep it under his plan. I wonder if it was legislated that employers must keep offering the same plan or if they are allowed to drop it? I too believe that unless this is specifically ordered by the law that employers will pay the fines and people will be on their own. Interestingly, I cannot get a reply to my question from either Senator Franken or Senator Klobuchar. Why won't they reply to his basic question?

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boris123Dec. 5, 12 9:55 PM

Why should employers be responsible for offering health insurance to employees? Employers offered health insurance as a benefit to attract and retain productive employees, it was one of the benefit considered by a prospective employee in the recruiting and hiring process. If the govt takes away that incentive, again, why should employers offer health insurance? There is no reason or incentive to do so.

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larciferDec. 5, 1210:25 PM

Health care is a BENEFIT offered by the employer. With BOcare it will more than likely no longer be an incentive offered by employers. Maybe in the future BO will mandate employers provide a car/transportation to and from work. Maybe they should be forced to pay a "middle class" income to all employes. This is insane!!!!

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turgidDec. 5, 1210:48 PM

"businesses are building up cash reserves"... anyone else getting tired of reading that line?

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furguson11Dec. 5, 1211:08 PM

"larcifer-Health care is a BENEFIT offered by the employer." Potato, Patato. Health care is part of my overall compensation for working.

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aviendhaDec. 5, 1211:43 PM

"Businesses are building up cash reserves" -- Cash reserves for what, exactly? They're paying workers less, offering less job security and fewer benefits, and moving more costs to employees, and increasing productivity, so that we're literally paying more to work the same job. So what are these cash reserves FOR, exactly? It's not costing the business owner any more. It's only costing me, the employee and the consumer. And frankly, as for health care, business should NOT be the foundation for acquiring health care. We should have a single-payer universal health care system, like every other nation in the Western world. It'd be cheaper, it would cover more people and we wouldn't have to monkey around with ridiculous clauses like pre-existing conditions or COBRA or anything else.

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aviendhaDec. 5, 1211:48 PM

I'm also heartily sick of business owners complaining about how high their taxes are, when taxes are the lowest they have EVER been. If you can't afford to see your taxes go up, then you don't deserve to be in business, it's that simple. A successful business can weather increases in costs, and frankly I see zero reason why I, the wage-earner, am supposed to tolerate wage stagnation and benefit cuts and be told to be "grateful" I have a job, and meanwhile some jerk business-owner moans about his taxes. Shut up and work harder then! That's certainly what

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sek2undrstndDec. 6, 1212:09 AM

"The number of Americans getting health care coverage through the workplace has dropped for the 11th year in a row, continuing a slide that began long before the Great Recession but that has lingered amid soaring insurance costs." ......... I thought Obamacare was supposed to be the root cause of this. I didn't know it was passed 11 years ago.

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