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Mass Care Not Working Out — Part VII

By on 11.15.06 | 6:23PM

As I've noted before, Governor Romney didn't seem to take into consideration the unintended consequences of his health care plan. Here are some more of said consequences:

Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the state's largest business group, originally opposed the employer requirement but later acquiesced.

But AIM president Rick Lord said many of his group's members are eager for specifics about how they and their employees will be affected by the law.

Many employers with part-time or seasonal employees who aren't insured by the company want to give their employees information about plans that will be offered through the state, he said.

And employers are also wondering how much their expenses will increase if their employees who are eligible to get insurance through them, but now choose to go without, suddenly start signing up to comply with the law's requirements.

Lord said that employees who previously didn't care whether their job offered insurance may suddenly be in the market looking for one that does.

''Employees may get more picky about who they work for,'' Lord said. ''We're going to have all these new dynamics going on.''

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