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Post-Healthcare Reform: Companies Are Already Thinking About Dumping Worker Health Benefits

The Affordable Care Act contained one basic assumption that almost never got mentioned in the healthcare-reform debate — namely, that employers, particularly big corporations, would continue providing coverage to their workers. Now it looks like that might not be true. Whoops.

New evidence reveals that four big companies — Verizon (V), AT&T (A), John Deere (DE), and Caterpillar (CAT) — recently considered dumping health benefits and giving employees a “raise” to buy coverage on the state insurance exchanges to be created by the reform law. All bets are off if that happens.