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Evolving Beyond Traditional Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
Butler's piece makes for good reading with Dr. Gawande's op–ed, as it focuses on how we can move beyond the current employer–based health insurance system.
For most working–age families, health insurance coverage is directly connected to the workplace. But because of structural weaknesses in this traditional form of coverage, it is steadily eroding, especially for workers in the small business sector. The health insurance system needs to evolve along a different path if it is to adapt to the goals and needs of today's workforce. Unfortunately, existing laws and insurance arrangements obstruct that evolution. Three key steps are needed to achieve a gradual transformation without disrupting the successful parts of the system.
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