Regarding "Health care costs squeeze employees" [News, May 5], one of the main reasons why workers are suffering from sticker shock is that for decades they have been shielded from the true costs of health care.
With other forms of insurance -- automobile, life and homeowners -- the policy holder bears the total burden of the premium and is much more cognizant of the costs. By contrast, employers have traditionally picked up a large portion of the monthly health care premiums.
When people paid modest copayments to see physicians, going to the doctor regularly was not a financial decision. Now, even people in employer-based health care plans are feeling the pinch of larger copays and deductibles.
Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is only going to increase that burden.
Arthur M. Shatz, Bayside