USATODAY.com reported Several states and communities are moving to provide universal health coverage for their residents, but a federal law is blocking their efforts.
Good.Many of the proposals require employers either to offer health coverage themselves or pay into a public fund to help cover the uninsured. Some employers say that conflicts with a federal law that bars states from requiring or regulating employer-provided benefits such as health coverage. The law, which protects private-sector companies from having to meet a patchwork of state and local demands, is supported by businesses. The dispute has set off a legal battle pitting lawmakers against employers. Its resolution could determine how far state and local lawmakers can go with their plans to cover the uninsured.
By making someone else pay for it.