…appears at the end of this a poor, unsuccessful letter I sent to the editor of the Washington Post:
After quoting a scholar who expresses the economic consensus that the rising cost of employer‐purchased health benefits “means lower wages and salaries,” “New study shows health insurance premium spikes in every state” [Nov. 17] immediately contradicts that consensus by stating, “employers are attempting to shift health costs onto their workers” by “asking employees to shoulder a larger share of the premium.”
If workers bear the cost of employer‐paid health benefits in the form of lower wages and salaries, then increasing the employee‐paid portion of the premium is not a cost‐shift. Workers would have borne those costs either way.
Employers cannot shift to workers a cost that workers already bear.