The problem is that I know that Utah is not going to be have the ability/willingness to pay for the type of increase in premiums they are discussing. I went without a pay raise from them for 2 or 3 years because they didn't have/wouldn't find the funds for that. Joey didn't get a pay raise this year and probably will not for the foreseeable future. I am charging the same for daycare now as I was paying 6 years ago, so basically no pay raise for me unless I want to go from working 60 hours a week to 80 or something insane. In this economy that's just how the cookie crumbles. For the most part it's fine, as long as our insurance doesn't go up $200 a month!
But what are employers going to do about it? I certainly can't afford to offer coverage to my one employee. I couldn't afford it for myself if Joey didn't have it. Imagine the cost to any employer, especially one that employs as many as the state of Utah. One article I found said they employ 23,000 people. The article on insurance premiums rise said that it could be $1700 a year for families by 2013. That is a potential of nearly $40 million dollars a year cost of increase, in health insurance premiums alone. This year the state is already facing a shortfall of $850 million. So who do you think is going to have to pay the brunt of that increase? Probably those of us "lucky" enough to have health care coverage. That's not the end of it. By 2019 cost increase is estimated at $4000 more than it would otherwise be.
Somebody please help me with the answer! Believe me I am GRATEFUL we have the coverage that we do, but oh it's frustrating that I have to pay $750 for my kids to get their flipping tonsils out. I'm quite nervous about how much THIS baby will cost us. There's got to be a better way...somehow...anyone have a brilliant plan? I'd vote for you if you can come up with something!