LAS VEGAS — My mom — whom I don't make a habit of quoting — always told me not ask a question I didn't want the answer to.

Now, I'm sure someone much more famous said it long before my mother, but that reprimand kept bouncing around my head as I sat down with a table full of HR execs and benefits managers at the Corporate Benefits Summit here earlier this week.

About a dozen of us — give or take — sat down near the end of the first day to talk about brokers, and why employers shouldn't be so quick to get rid of them.

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