Don’t Look Now, But Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Grows

Some who call for a Medicare-for-all system see it replacing health plans, but they should look at this trend.

Drew Altman, CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, has an interesting column (with accompanying chart) on the Axios news site this morning. About seven million more people under 65 got coverage from an employer-sponsored plan between 2013 and 2017. Altman cuts right to the chase, too, in a “why it matters” bullet point.

“That’s why [California Sen. and presidential hopeful] Kamala Haris’s comment this week about doing away with private health insurance, as part of a Medicare for All plan, exposes the danger for Democrats if they don’t convince people who like their private coverage that they have something better to offer,” Altman writes.