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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18 2013 1:08 p.m. MDT

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lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

what if the Walgreen employees LIKED their former plan? I though BO said they would be able to keep it

BO lied.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Union leaders despise Obamacare because the largest reason people joined and paid union dues in the first place was healthcare insurance. Now that people no longer need union healthcare coverage, people don't need unions! Bye, bye unions.

J-TX
Allen, TX

"Walgreen Co. is joining a growing push from big businesses to shift more responsibility for finding insurance onto their employees as health care costs continue to climb."

"Workers who use these exchanges also can wind up paying a bigger share of the insurance bill over time if the contribution from their company doesn't climb to keep up with insurance costs or the worker doesn't chose a cheaper plan."

AFFORDABLE Care Act, my eye.

It did / does not address the reasons health care costs continue to climb. It just levied greater taxes, penalties and government intrusion into our private lives.

How about we pass individual bills that address the real raising costs? Such as:
-TORT reform to limit malpractice payouts, so premiums will go down
-Open market prescription drugs, so I can pay the same price for Penicillin they pay in Bolivia
-Open market plan participation and competition - each state allows up to 50 plan providers to operate in their state, instead of the standard dozen

It is time to repeal and replace.

Western Rover
Herriman, UT

The real reason for the change: "Workers who use these exchanges also can wind up paying a bigger share of the insurance bill over time if the contribution from their company doesn't climb to keep up with insurance costs..."

If they just want to "force employees to pay more attention to the cost of their coverage", there are other ways to do that. My employer does things the traditional way, offering two different plans, but is very open with cost information, telling us how much was paid out for different kinds of claims, how much was collected in premiums, how insurance companies responded to our request for bids, and so on.

MrTuscadero
Houston, TX

As a pharmacy, Walgreen's actually provides soemthing tangible to medical patients. All the plans and schemes to reduce health care costs over the last 40 years have involved having the insurance comapnies shift all the indemnity for health-care expenses onto providers, hospitqals, pharmacies, laboratories, and the like, while fixing the insurance companies' costs and guaranteeing their profits. Since all the schemes for lowering helath care costs have pretty much exemnpted insurance companies from harm, while raking the actual proivders of medical care over he coals, anyone working for a pharmacy should have started worrying about their job the minute the government began debating "affordable" health care. It isn't just their health care plan, it's their jobs that are on the line. Walgreen's is doing its employees a favor by forcing them to switch to government controlled and subsidized insurance just in case Walgreen's ends up going bust.

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