So American companies “are weighing the pros and cons of eventually forcing employees to strike out on their own” for health insurance (“Could health law undermine employer coverage?” Oct. 24). Many Americans may soon find themselves without insurance despite president Obama’s promise that Americans who liked their coverage could keep it.
After health reform passed, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services estimated that 14 million Americans would lose their employer-based coverage by 2019. Even Obama administration officials admit that at least 15 percent of American workers will lose their current coverage in 2011. By 2013, as many as seven in 10 workers could be forced into new and probably pricier plans.