The Department of Labor just came out with their statistics regarding benefits paid by employers.
The cost of medical benefits to private employers has doubled in the past 10 years.
In March 1999, employers paid an average of $1.03 per employee per hour for medical benefits (about 5.4% of total compensation)
In March 2009, employers paid an average of $2.00 per employee per hour for medical (about 7.3% of total comp).
And based on my work with small and medium-sized businesses, the quality of those benefits has declined dramatically in the past 10 years (along with huge increases in deductibles, co-pays, etc.).
Twice the cost with half the benefits. All underwritten by private businesses.
Something must be done.