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Employer provided health care up 6 percent

Health insurance costs are up only 6 percent. In the world of health care, that's considered good news.

The bad news is that the rise is about double that of average wages and triple that of inflation. Fewer employers are offering coverage. Workers are picking up more of the tab. The number of uninsured continues to rise. Insurance companies show gaudy profits for the eighth straight year.

What will be the tipping point for managed care in this country? We seem to have incredible patience for this mess.

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