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During the Mackinac Island conference of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, results from a survey of southeast Michigan employers will be announced showing that employees with healthcare benefits are in for a rough time.

The Detroit News reports that employers are either going to greatly reduce coverage or they will eliminate it:

"The study shows 61 percent of companies are considering reductions in future health care benefits for employees while another 27 percent may eliminate medical insurance for workers," according to the Detroit News story.

"Three-quarters of the business leaders surveyed also said smokers should pay more for insurance premiums, while nearly as many said individuals who lead a healthy lifestyle should get cost advantages."

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