Discuss the following statement: "Health care is increasing costs; conflicts between employers and employees are likely as employers to try reduce their health benefits cost."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I certainly think that there is much in way of validity in the statement.  Health care has become a football in the legislatures being passed off for the political implications are too grave for many politicians to address.  In this lack of leadership, employers and employees fight the battle on their own turn.  Within a challenging economic realm, health care and similar areas of employee compensation are being significantly challenged. The arena of battle is made difficult because different employers are at different locations in the compensation scheme.  Some cannot afford to purchase health care for their employees because of rising costs and greater challenges placed on businesses in an economy struggling for recovery.  

Some employers are recognizing that cutting provided health care for their employees or asking them to pay more helps with company bottom lines profit figures.  Either way, the battle over health care is being played out between employees and their employers because of the politicized nature of the issue.  Even with the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, there are some questions as to whether or not this is going to be viable, whether this will last through the upcoming Presidential election, and how it will look after this.  While such issues are being sorted out with time, the reality is that rising costs becomes the lynch-pin through which employees and employers battle it out in the attempt to reduce their cost through health benefit issues.  The lack of political leadership on the issue has forced this conflict between employee and employer to take place.

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