Don't Blame Obamacare for Employer-Insurance Increases

Kaiser Health News reports that “if you’re one of the 150 million Americans who get health insurance through your job, prepare to pay more.”

But don’t blame Obamacare for the changes: “benefit experts say the law is mainly accelerating trends that predate it.”

“After two years of slower-than-usual growth in health spending, employers are bracing for a spike in 2014. That’s partly because they expect more workers to enroll due to the law, which requires most Americans to carry coverage or pay a fine.”

“Raising deductibles and other cost-sharing gives employees ‘skin in the game,’ some analysts say, getting them to pay more attention to their health and be more judicious in deciding when to see a doctor.”

Craig Rosenberg of Aon: “That’s not driven by the ACA, but the cost pressures on employers.”

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