I've been a part of the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan since the 1970s. And for the past decade-plus I've watched MPI insurance get more costly and less comprehensive year .. by year ... by year. Which isn't to say the insruance is bad, just ... less.
But participants in the MPIHP aren't the only ones who have been eating it:
The share of children and working-age adults who had insurance through an employer fell 10 percentage points during the last recession, according to a study released on Thursday by the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonpartisan research group in Washington.
From 2007 to 2010, the share of children and working-age adults with employer-sponsored coverage fell to 53.5 percent from 63.6 percent, according to the study. ...
Employer-anchored health coverage started during World War II, got enshrined in law by President Eisenhower and a Republican Congress in 1953, and is now (pretty much) a shadow of its original self.
During the oncoming week, the IA and the AMPTP will arm-wrestle over who gets MPI Health coverage, who pays for it, and how extensive the coverage will be over the next three-year contract cycle.
I'm guessing, in a half-educated way, that participants will be doing premiums for the first time, the Plan's health offerings will be a bit skimpier, and that most people will learn (somehow) to live with it.
For as national trends go, so go we.