Workers see premiums rise 14 percent ...

Workers see premiums rise 14 percent for family health coverage

There are 79 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 2, 2010, titled Workers see premiums rise 14 percent for family health coverage. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

U.S. workers on average are paying a bigger share of their health insurance premiums this year.

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Early Culyer

Princeton, MN

#1 Sep 2, 2010
I'm sure they will go down now that Obamacare has been passed? Right?
Marv

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 2, 2010
Greedy workers. They should pay the premiums before they ruin the businesses. They should just be glad they have a job.

Isn't that what people say about union workers?

The right's jealousy is coming back to bite them. They encouraged the demise of unions and benefits (and as a reward to workers' paying more and making less, companies are moving to China, Mexico).

Now let's see how much these companies and CEOs care about the non-union workers.
JAdams

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Sep 2, 2010
If you want costs to go down you need tort reform and the ability to buy insurance in other states. However, Obama's buddies, big lawyers, already have this ponzi scheme wrapped up with Obamacare.
Irony

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Sep 2, 2010
Thank you Democrats, the health care legislation you passed really helped reign in those health care costs. Oh wait, that is right, it did nothing to address costs. It just added more people into the system, that will ultimately drive up costs. And then there is the reduction in Medicare payments to hospitals that then get passed on to those covered by private insurance. Nice work...if you think health care is expensive now, just wait.
free in mn

United States

#7 Sep 2, 2010
Medicare B went up 14% too.
Cerin218

Chanhassen, MN

#8 Sep 2, 2010
God you left morons are just amazingly stupid. The businesses help pay for their workers health insurance as a benefit to attract workers, and also because it is in their best interest to have a healthy employee. Of course the cost for health care rises, just like cost for all things. So who is going to pay? If employers want to keep the insurance as a benefit, they will have to pay more. If they do not they the employee pays more. It's a viscous circle where employees demand more, so employers have to give more, which means they have to raise their prices to make more, so the employee has to ask for more. So companies go abroad because it's easier to find cheaper labor. And better business climates. Until the countries abroad catch on a do the same thing. Like the unions trying to form in China. That's not a Right vs Left thing, that's a business cycle. The left would rather companies break even and pay everyone like a CEO. Which won't happen and communism sucks. Companies don't have to care about you. You have to care about you. Find another employer. Stop crying and start trying. By the way. medical costs could have been controlled but liberals are too stupid to do it so we have universal health care. Where money is taken from ALL to benefit some, and costs weren't touched.

Since: Jun 09

Lincoln, NE

#9 Sep 2, 2010
Marv wrote:
Greedy workers. They should pay the premiums before they ruin the businesses. They should just be glad they have a job.
Isn't that what people say about union workers?
The right's jealousy is coming back to bite them. They encouraged the demise of unions and benefits (and as a reward to workers' paying more and making less, companies are moving to China, Mexico).
Now let's see how much these companies and CEOs care about the non-union workers.
No this is reality in the economic times we are in. Unions stand up and say they should be exempt from this reality. This drives up the costs for the rest of us and for the companies until they can no longer afford to operate in the US. That's why the jobs go.
What a racket

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Sep 2, 2010
Our premiums went up to $800 a month, co-pay went up, and we've now got a $2,000 deductible we never had before. Our expenses are going to be $11,000 this year and we don't have that kind of money. Real nice. Thanks Obama!
Lenny

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Sep 2, 2010
Obama says we should acually look at this as a reduction and as we know, what he says is the truth. We are just a stupid, angry mass of people, he will lead us to the promise land.
TaxTaxTax

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Sep 2, 2010
I can't wait until B. Hessein O. care kicks in and then it will all be free :)

Not!
Government of FOOLS

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Sep 2, 2010
This is what you get for Voting for PROGRESSIVES in BOTH Partys! The older this Country gets the dumber the people get!

With out thinking, Americans turn on a TV set and let someone else tell them what is truly going on in the world..(KEY) With out THINKING!

You can read these post on here and just know what Hack people are watching on TV.

The Media Controls Americans like Dogs on a Leash!

6:00 pm News break: The sky will be pink tomorrow! How many people do you think will believe the sky will be pink tomorrow and how many people will actually see the sky as Pink.........
ALOT! The Media is WORTHLESS! Think on your own!
Marv

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Sep 2, 2010
The Real Whatever wrote:
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No this is reality in the economic times we are in. Unions stand up and say they should be exempt from this reality. This drives up the costs for the rest of us and for the companies until they can no longer afford to operate in the US. That's why the jobs go.
This is the reality. Businesses want workers to do more and get paid less. Why? Because they can get cheaper labor with no benefits in places like Mexico and China.

Nobody here can compete with that. NOBODY. That's why businesses are expanding in China and Mexico.

Auto workers have taken HUGE pay cuts and plants are still closing. Do you know that the Ford workers make $14.00 an hour? That's a 50% pay cut. The assembly plant in St Paul is one of the most efficient in the country, WITH its own power plant that saves huge money but it's still closing. Shortly after Ford announces its expansion in China.

As for workers putting a drain on the companies, you can bet that the owners and CEOs are getting pay INCREASES. Look at the insurance companies. They raise rates for health insurance, all the while increasing pay and pensions/bonuses for the top.

We have a problem here thanks to NAFTA and CAFTA, and it's due to BOTH PARTIES in this country. Now that the labor jobs have taken pay cuts and paid more for benefits (it hasn't stopped the companies from moving) the wage and benefit cutting is hitting white collar jobs. Our wage standards are being lowered and eventually we will match the workers in the rest of the world.

These companies care NOTHING for the worker, just the bottom line. Please don't blame the little guy.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#16 Sep 2, 2010
I can't wait until we get Universal Coverage.
Jinn4u

Nashville, TN

#17 Sep 2, 2010
Health insurance premiums have been raising for years while ins co reduce coverage. At least Obamacare gets rid of the 'preexisting clause'. Now fewer employers will feel pressured by ins. co to fire ill employees.
Marv

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Sep 2, 2010
What a racket wrote:
Our premiums went up to $800 a month, co-pay went up, and we've now got a $2,000 deductible we never had before. Our expenses are going to be $11,000 this year and we don't have that kind of money. Real nice. Thanks Obama!
Thanks Obama? Why don't you thank the insurance company? Or the drug companies? It's their greed that's causing your premiums to rise. Do you actually think that health insurance companies are hurting? They're not. Far from it.

It was Republican Phil Gramm who spearheaded deregulation legislation. It was signed by President Clinton. It wasn't debated by either congressional body.

People in America need to stand up for each other and realize that the businesses, lobbyists and politicians are hurting America and her citizens with their greed.
Ostrows

AOL

#19 Sep 2, 2010
It's nice to see less inflation in health care. 3%, that's the lowest increase in years. I would have made the headline "Healthcare premiums lowest percentage increase in years".
Mike

Wadena, MN

#20 Sep 2, 2010
It's nice that the government fixed health care so everyone can have some. What they really needed to do was fix the price!!! Stop the increases and force health care providers to provide prices. And...stop lawyers from suing everyone who looks like they have money. We pay for all of that.
Marv

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Sep 2, 2010
Cerin218 wrote:
God you left morons are just amazingly stupid. The businesses help pay for their workers health insurance as a benefit to attract workers, and also because it is in their best interest to have a healthy employee. Of course the cost for health care rises, just like cost for all things. So who is going to pay? If employers want to keep the insurance as a benefit, they will have to pay more. If they do not they the employee pays more. It's a viscous circle where employees demand more, so employers have to give more, which means they have to raise their prices to make more, so the employee has to ask for more. So companies go abroad because it's easier to find cheaper labor. And better business climates. Until the countries abroad catch on a do the same thing. Like the unions trying to form in China. That's not a Right vs Left thing, that's a business cycle. The left would rather companies break even and pay everyone like a CEO. Which won't happen and communism sucks. Companies don't have to care about you. You have to care about you. Find another employer. Stop crying and start trying. By the way. medical costs could have been controlled but liberals are too stupid to do it so we have universal health care. Where money is taken from ALL to benefit some, and costs weren't touched.
You're a moron for believing that if there is no regulation businesses will do the right thing and pay their employees a decent wage with benefits. Not gonna happen. You say it's a vicious circle where employees demand more so companies go abroad. Workers are taking pay cuts and benefit cuts across the country and companies are still leaving. They can find cheap labor in COMMUNIST countries where wages and conditions are horrendous.

Go and try to purchase something not made in China. They own us. And then read this:

"In a matter of weeks, the "busy season" will begin in China, when three million toy workers- mostly young women- will be locked inside 2,800 factories. They will be forced to work 15 hours a day, seven days a week, thirty days a month, handling toxic chemicals with their bare hands, while they are paid wages as low as 12 cents an hour making toys for our holiday season."

Then you say quit crying and find another job. Nice suggestion, but thousands of people can tell you the jobs aren't there.

I do agree with you on one thing. Companies don't care. We have to care about ourselves and stop pitting Americans against each other.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Sep 2, 2010
Early Culyer wrote:
I'm sure they will go down now that Obamacare has been passed? Right?

Its already working--Obama promised obamacare would cost less, so I am sure it will. These are just price increases that are bush's fault.
TaxTaxTax

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Sep 2, 2010
Theyu need to stop calling it Obamacare and call it Husseincare. We are in a culture of death run by a party of death.

Will aborted babies get free care?

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