Post-it notes with health reform cycle Among the issues in ABC's crosshairs are “surprise”medical billing and repeal of the 40 percent so-called Cadillac taxon employer plans. (Photo: Shutterstock)

With more than 181 million people getting their health carecoverage through an employer, and employers forking over more than$725 billion to provide group health coverage, employers certainlyhave a major financial stake in the question of how costly and howgood that coverage is.

To that end, the American Benefits Council, which represents theperspective of large employer health plan sponsors, is joining theConsumers First health alliance, which says inits summary call to action that it “brings together powerfulinterests from consumers, children, employers, labor unions andprimary care providers working to change the fundamental economicincentives and design of the health care system.”

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.