When health care costs go up, so does the company that helps pay for it

Health care costs are spiraling.

So are the incomes of most workers, with the average wage falling for the first time in nearly five years.

That’s putting an additional strain on employers.

That makes it easier for the top 1% to make more, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.

It also shows how, when health care becomes more expensive, workers are increasingly leaving the workforce, especially those who are older.

This article is part of Recode’s annual Health care cost survey. Read more

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