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Majority Say Reduction in Health Benefits Worse Than No Raise

A new Wall Street Journal/Harris poll finds that many more Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance are unhappy with changes to their health insurance than are...
October 28, 2003

A new Wall Street Journal/Harris poll finds that many more Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance are unhappy with changes to their health insurance than are unhappy with changes to their salary or retirement benefits. As those polled look to next year, getting a decent pay increase is more important by two to one (66% v. 29%) than maintaining or improving their current level of health insurance. However, if actually faced with a choice, a 56% majority favors having no pay increase but retaining current health insurance benefits, over getting a decent pay increase and having a significant reduction in their health insurance benefits. More