People who are getting their health insurance from their employer had a 4% increase in how much the employee has to pay for it. The price is increasing to almost $16,000 for a family plan and the employee has to pay up to $4,300 of that a year.
When a person works for very little money, they, too, are paying more, but usually the insurance is not as good. But I guess if you don't make much you want any kind of coverage you can get because if something medically serious happens to them or their kids, and they have to have a hospital stay, they may not have the money to pay the whole bill themselves as hospitals can get expensive.
Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation was a bit insensitive by saying, "it"s historically a very moderate increase in premiums." Then to make himself look like he has some compassion, said right after that insensitive statement, "Even a modest increase feels really big to workers, when teir wages are flat or falling.
The U.S. is going to get a new insurance plan where every person in this country has to get some kind of health care or face a fine. This plan is dubbed "Obamacare" after President Obama came up with it. Those who have good paying jobs and have the so called "cadillac healthcare" will have to pay a tax on their healthcare insurance and there is going to be a panel on Medicare to make sure that not too much money is spent on that.
Since President Obama took over the presidency in 2009, employees have had to pay $2,400 for a family plan insurance and $800 for a single person not putting another person on their insurance.
Gary Cohen head of the administrations Center for Consumer information and Insurance Oversight showed some caring by saying, "We aren't happy to see any increase in health insurance premium. Cohen and his fellow workers were happy it raised "only"is year.
The National Academy of Sciences gives the figure of 30 cents on each dollar spent on healthcare is not justified because it is used for too much paperwork and fraud.