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WI Health Insurance Report: Inaction Will Result In Huge Costs

March 4, 2009

Milwaukee, WI - When it comes to health insurance reform in Wisconsin, the cost of doing nothing could be huge; that's the conclusion of a new report from the non-partisan New America Foundation. Report co-author Elizabeth Carpenter says the average cost of a family health insurance policy in Wisconsin has already climbed to above $13,000 a year. She says the report looked eight years into the future, and saw it almost doubling.

"We project that same premium will be almost 25,000 dollars, which will represent more than 46 percent of median household income."

Carpenter says the report demonstrates that keeping the current health insurance system is not an option. If nothing is done, she says, the cost of health insurance in the state will be prohibitive for individuals and businesses.

"When you look at Wisconsin and you assume things continue at current trajectories, you see that required contributions for employer-sponsored health insurance premiums are expected to more than double over the next eight years."

She says the current system is already putting a tremendous strain on the state's economy.

"You find that the economy in Wisconsin is sacrificing just as much economic value as it would cost to make sure everyone in Wisconsin had quality, affordable health coverage."

The group Citizen Action of Wisconsin, which published the report, favors a universal health coverage plan. Those opposed to universal coverage say it will drive up taxes and lead to poor care.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI