Columnist: Reform Law Contributing to Rising Costs
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders writes thatÂ a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey --Â which showed that premiums for employer-based coverage have "more than doubled" over the last decade and are "biting into workers' paychecks" -- lends credibility to Republicans' plans to "repeal and replace" the federal health reform law.Â Provisions in theÂ law, "such as a requirement that employers offer coverage of adult children up to the age of 26, ... must be a factor in the cost spurt," Saunders argues, adding, "Democrats complain about employers choosing to sit on their money and not hire. But their health care mandates serve as a tax on hiring workers."Â
- "Health Care Taxing America's Workers" (Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle, 9/29).