Portland Business Journal:
Health Care Inc. Jan 21, 2014, 10:26am PST
by Dr. Sam Metz, Guest Columnist
The football coach at my high school reputedly had a sure-fire method of selecting his varsity football team from the 100 or so try-outs. He put all of them into a pit. The first 22 out of the pit made the team.
Watching Oregon’s employers attempting to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recalls this method.
Instead of finding the most cost-effective method of keeping employees healthy, employers are scrambling over each other, trying to find a route through the ACA that doesn’t leave their finances in worse shape than their competitors. Whatever its intentions, the ACA does not inspire businesses to provide better care to their employees.
The biggest disappointment is that when the ACA finally begins working the way it was designed (a dubious prospect at the moment), the health care landscape in Oregon will look no different than it did before. Everything businesses want will remain unaddressed.
What do businesses want from health care reform?