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By Sally C Pipes
President and CEO Pacific Research Institute 

Businesses dropping employee insurance as too costly

Guest Commentary

 


Some 60 percent of Americans—nearly 160 million people—get insurance through their jobs. Because of Obamacare, that number is about to nosedive.

The president’s signature law is hiking the cost of health insurance for American businesses of all sizes. They’re responding by dumping coverage for workers, spouses, and retirees.

Even though the employer mandate, which requires all firms with 50 or more full-time staffers to provide health coverage or pay a fine, has been delayed by one year, the employer health insurance market is slowly bleeding out.

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