Healthcare reform: Your thoughts?
It’s been an interesting week listening to the arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the individual mandate to buy health insurance. That requirement is an integral part of the healthcare reform bill that became law two years ago. If the government can require that every U.S. citizen has healthcare insurance, what else can it mandate? On the other side of the debate is this question: If the government can’t require people to have health insurance, could other widely accepted mandates like car insurance be questioned?
The justices certainly have a tough decision on their hands. And Congressional leaders will have a big job if they have to go back to the drawing board on how to expand availability of affordable coverage to small businesses and the unemployed, while keeping double-digit price increases at bay.
As HR professionals, are you concerned about the changes proposed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Would your organization consider dropping healthcare coverage for employees if they could purchase it for a reasonable price on their own?
A previous “Raising the HR Bar” blog tackled that subject and outlined some of the benefits of easing the healthcare cost burden on employers. Read it here and share your comments.
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