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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