Originally Posted by TonyR
price, with unemployment high right now employers are in the driver's seat. Employers don't have to "compete" very hard for employees, particularly for those that have to settle for part time work. Once again, they are saving money pushing people from full to part time with or without ACA. There is no proof that ACA is driving this. Like I said, it's probably a factor. But we don't know how big of a factor. I'm a salaried professional at one of the largest employers in the country and they've been increasing our health care costs every year since I've been here. It didn't just start with ACA.
I don't know that it is quantifiable...yet. But there is a shift to part-time workers without benefits, which has accelerated since Obamacare was enacted. Drug prices have doubled or tripled, and Medicare billing has become clogged with bureacracy (requiring a lot of paperwork to approve even basic diabetic prescriptions). I have worked in a retail pharmacy since 2001, so I am well aware of the rate of cost increases...the last 3 years have been epic.
To be sustainable, healthcare costs should rise no faster than inflation. Healthcare costs now, are rising at about triple the rate of inflation.