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The Wrong Way to Save Money on Health Care

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So back to my original question. Is the dramatic slowdown in employer health-care costs good news? It all depends. If we and our families are in good health, or we're high earners who can afford good health coverage without big co-payments and deductibles, or if we own lots of shares in companies showing higher profits because they're trimming pay and benefits -- or we're in all three categories -- it's probably good.

But if we're none of these, it might not be good news -- especially if it means we're getting less care than would otherwise keep ourselves and our families healthy.  

At the least, if we're concerned about the health and well-being of all Americans, we need to find out much more before we celebrate.

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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Rising health care costs and shifting the cost bur... by Peter Wedlund on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:43:14 PM