Steve Larson, general manager of C&D Printing in northwest Denver, says the average annual increase in his company's health-insurance costs has been 15 percent over the past four years.
struggles to keep up with the health-insurance bills at his
Denver printing company. Larson
pays the entire cost for the 10 workers in his
union shop, but the annual increases are getting tougher to swallow.
Since 1998, he
has shifted coverage from an insurance company to an HMO.He
has dropped eyeglasses from the plan.He
has bumped employees' co-payments from $10 to $30 when they visit the doctor.
But the insurance bill keeps going up.During the past four years, the average annual increase in his
health-insurance costs has been 15 percent."There's no way I can increase my prices to keep up with that," said Larson, general manager of C&D Printing.
"I guess any option would be better than what we've got," said Larson
, who prefers Canada's government-run health care system.
"A tax credit is a Band-Aid too," Larson