Aetna's CEO has "serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges."
But the drugstore chain's same store-sales fell short of estimates in part due to the introduction of low-margin generic drugs.
Rather than applying only to the most generous health plans, a survey says the tax will "weigh heavily" on most businesses.
Retail prescription drugs were among the fastest-growing categories, up 12.2%.
Costs for large companies rose just 3.2% this year, according to Aon Hewitt.
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But firms in New York and California with 51 to 100 employees may not be as lucky.
Mercer, perhaps a bellwether for growth in the private exchange space, will have 31% more active-employee exchange clients in 2016.
An ongoing shift to the "capitation" model for reimbursing medical providers leads them to classify more injuries as work-related.