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Continued: Higher sales, hiring and spending signal robust business optimism

  • Article by: JOHN J. OSLUND and PATRICK KENNEDY , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: May 17, 2013 - 5:47 PM

General Mills: “The business-to-business tax is a bad idea. It would negatively impact both jobs and the Minnesota economy. The property tax rebate idea is also bad policy. It is essentially indefensible, because it is so disconnected from ability to pay.”

Health care debate

Sixty-nine percent of respondents agreed that high-deductible health plans and health savings accounts (HSAs) “are helping to reduce health care costs.” Thirty-one percent disagreed. That’s virtually the same response as last year.

High-deductible plans generally push health care decisions down to consumers by requiring them to pay for the first several thousand dollars in annual medical expenses beyond preventive care.

Here’s what companies had to say about high-deductible health plans.

General Mills: “While such plans can impact costs at the outset, we do not see them fundamentally impacting costs — by themselves — long term.”

HMN Financial: “HSAs have caused employees to spend health care dollars more wisely.’’

Life Time Fitness: “Health care costs continue to rise, though the new plans do drive personal responsibility around health.”

Nortech Systems: “They cost our employees more in the long run.’’

Rimage: “Costs keep going up.’’

UnitedHealth Group: “We have 5 million people using [consumer-directed health plans, such as high-deductible plans] nationally. They slow the spending trend.” • 612-673-7206• 612-673-7926

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