Who Really Pays for Health Care Might Surprise You

A friend forwarded me an article from Kaiser Health News that offers "a corrective to common misconceptions about who pays for health care."  I like the idea but I have some real problems with the execution. I was pretty uncomfortable by "misconceptions #3 and #4" on who pays for employer sponsored health insurance.

You see, the correctives to misconceptions #3 and #4 are themselves misleading. Focusing on employees' co-insurance costs and not their large contribution through reduced wages as well as the enormous contribution all taxpayers (insured and uninsured alike) make by offering tax-preferred status to the funding of employer sponsored health insuance makes me uncomfortable.

Who really pays for employer sponsored health insurance might surprise you, even if you write for Kaiser Health News, I guess.

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