Health care premiums in Wisconsin rose nearly five times faster than earnings from 2000 to 2007, according to a report by the Washington based Families USA. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) says the findings echo what her constituents tells about health care cost being at the fore front of their worries.
Families USA compiled federal data and also found that the health care coverage was thinning out with fewer benefits as time goes on. Baldwin, who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sympathizes with business owners' role. She notes that employers are in a "squeeze" in having to make difficult decisions to limit workers' benefits because of the high costs of coverage.
The Madison Democrat says health care will be on the minds of voters when they step to the polls this November.