This year the survey found that average annual premiums for family [health insurance] coverage grew more than 9% since last year to $10,880. A minimum wage worker earns $10,712 before taxes.
The percentage of businesses offering their workers health insurance has dropped from 69% to 60% in just five years. Small businesses can't afford it anymore. Premiums are up 73% since 2000. Employee contributions are up 248% since 2002.
This is a national crisis. And, few people even have any clue why the premiums continue to rise at rates far above the rate of inflation. Double digit insurance premium increases year after year are not sustainable.