Employers Fear GOP Health Overhaul Could Damage Job-Based Insurance

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has long promoted what he calls his “Better Way Plan” to replace the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans in Congress have yet to coalesce around any of several approaches to replacement.

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has long promoted what he calls his “Better Way Plan” to replace the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans in Congress have yet to coalesce around any of several approaches to replacement.

Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Through years of acrimony over the relative merits of Obamacare, one kind of health insurance has remained steady, widespread and relatively affordable: Employer-sponsored plans.

Job-based medical plans still cover more Americans than any other type, typically with greater benefits and lower out-of-pocket expense. Recent cost increases for this sort of coverage have been a tiny fraction of those for Obamacare plans for individuals.

Now, as President Donald Trump promises a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that will provide “insurance for everybody,” employers worry Republican attempts

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/03/513104554/employers-fear-gop-health-overhaul-could-damage-job-based-insurance?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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