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Ezekiel J. Emanuel, who helped design Obamacare claims the health care law will bring "the end of employer-sponsored insurance." That helps control costs and improve according to him.

Interviewing Saturday with The New York Times, Emanuel said, “It'll be a matter of a few big employers, blue-chip companies. Then it will become the norm."

It should be noted that Ezekiel is the bother of former White House Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel has written a book, "Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System." In it, he estimates that private-sector workers who get insurance through their employers will drop below 20 percent by 2025.

He said, in an article published by the New Republic earlier this month, “The good news is you won’t have insurance companies to kick around much longer. The system is changing. As a result, insurance companies as they are now will be going away. Indeed, they are already evolving. For the next few years insurance companies will both continue to provide services to employers and, increasingly, compete against each other in the health insurance exchanges."

In past days employers rewarded employees by subsidizing their insurance plans. That practice is now blamed for limiting consumer choice while raising healthcare costs.

President Barack Obama professes his desire to limit how Obamacare changes the way people obtain healthcare coverage. He does not want to disturb the employer-provided insurance plans that serve 149 million Americans.

But the complexities of the Affordable Care Act and the taxes imposed on thousands of employers say otherwise in just a few years. Obama has delayed enactment of several of the law’s regulations until after the 2014 election in an effort to help Democrats evade the Obamacare taint.

Firms that employ 50 or more workers must pay a penalty of $2,000 per employee if they don't provide healthcare. The sum is vastly higher for large companies. Giving workers raises and pushing them to the public exchanges for coverage is far better according to Emanuel.

But Emanuel’s solution doesn’t change the fact that President Obama lied and should be held accountable by many health care and insurance experts.

President Obama says the exchanges are now operating well as the March 31 deadline for people to get insurance nears. “But unless they evolve into easy-to-navigate shopping marketplaces, which were promised to begin with, the shift away from employer-based coverage may not happen,” Emanuel noted.

"Zappos (a popular online shoe store) didn't put up a website and go home," Emanuel said.

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