Speaker: Employer-sponsored health-insurance system isn't economical
Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and editor of the health care blog The Apothecary, said there are many common misconceptions about the pending legislation.
As it stands, the employer-sponsored health care system costs the federal treasury about $400 billion a year, since co-pays are typically taken out of employee salaries and aren't subject to taxation, according to Roy.
"Hospitals have been consolidated and as they result, they're making a market concentration," he said.
"They're healthy and go to the doctor maybe once a year," he said. "They don't want to pay $3,000 a year for services they don't need or use."
"One avenue many employers may opt for is limiting family coverage because they're not obligated to do so," Roy said.
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