A new report from a consulting firm found that nearly one in five public sector workers in the U.S. have been unable to afford health insurance premiums because of inadequate reimbursement and cost sharing.
A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the cost of health insurance rose more than 60 percent in the last year, even as insurance premiums increased by about 20 percent, despite the Affordable Care Act.
The report’s authors, Richard A. Cote and Brian J. Smith, say the current system for covering health costs is unsustainable and has created a pay gap.
“It’s clear that we need to have a system where people are paid for doing the work they’re doing,” Cote said.
The new report, which was released on Wednesday, also found that in states that have adopted some form of single-payer, the average employee would pay more for their health insurance than a typical worker in the same state without a plan. “
The system we have right now is not sustainable.”
The new report, which was released on Wednesday, also found that in states that have adopted some form of single-payer, the average employee would pay more for their health insurance than a typical worker in the same state without a plan.
The authors say that single-payer would be “a significant improvement” in health care, but it is not the only solution to the rising cost of insurance.
The Kaiser Family Study surveyed more than 50,000 workers and found that workers in those states were paid less than they would be in the absence of a single-state plan.
Cotes said that while the new study suggests the single-payer system could solve some of the nation’s health care problems, it does not address all of them.
“You’re still paying for the same care, and it’s still expensive, and you still get less for the care you do get,” he said.
The findings are a setback for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has called for a single payer system in the United States.
But Cote argued that a single system could help workers afford the health insurance they need.
“There are many reasons why a single market system would be better than a system with two systems,” he told NPR.
“One, it could allow people to buy health insurance with less financial burden on employers, because employers would have to pay their workers more money to provide that care, for example, or to cover it on their own, which would help them afford it.
Two, the government would have a stake in making sure that people were getting the care they need, because that would allow for better pricing, and more competition among providers.”
In some parts of the country, a single state would also lower the cost for health insurance.
California, for instance, recently eliminated the requirement that private insurance plans cover the cost and have an “outpatient” presence at a hospital, instead allowing insurers to offer more services for the uninsured.
The new Kaiser report also found more than 70 percent of workers who signed up for health plans through the ACA, including some of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters, are not covered by their employers.
The survey found that those with employer-provided insurance are still paying a higher share of their income toward premiums than workers who have paid for their own coverage through the marketplaces.