Gold plated health insurance plans, the ones President(Bush talked about, are few and far between in America. They're down to executive teams and a handful of lucky employees. Employee out of pocket health care costs rose 14.7 % last year. They now eat up 14% of annual household income. Reuters reported:
Employers still pay the lion's share of healthcare costs, with an average contribution of $9,947 per worker. Employees paid an average of $4,004 in payroll deductions and an additional $2,820 in out-of-pocket expenses, the report found.
That's $6,824. Get ready to pay more. Corporations don't want to and government can't afford it.