Monday, May 07, 2007

Business Moves Towards Universal Healthcare

by shamanic

One of the big mysteries to me in America's adventure with health care is why big business has consistently tolerated large annual increases in the cost of employee health care.

It always seemed that there were limits to how much of the usually double-digit percent annual increase could be pushed onto employees before some maximum limit was reached. In California, it appears that at least some large employers have maxed out what they feel they can do on their own, and instead of tolerating costly annual increases, are pushing for some sort of regulated, universal cost-sharing approach.

Or, perhaps the business group is trying to head other plans off at the pass, but for the conversation to have moved in this direction in California seems like very, very good news for the health care debate in America. I'll wait for Drum and others to weigh in on specifics, but I can't help but think that this is a rather exciting development.

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