Employers thinking about dropping health care for their workers might want to think twice.

A new book by one of the architects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, predicts that by 2025, fewer than 20 percent of employers will offer coverage to workers. But that would be a disaster for corporate productivity, argues Thomas Parry, president of the Integrated Benefits Institute.

Companies that lose responsibility for employee health coverage also risk losing access to key data they need to be competitive, he said in an interview with BenefitsPro this week.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.