I am writing because I am troubled about United Parcel Service's decision to stop providing health care coverage to the spouses of white-collar employees who can obtain coverage through their own employers ("UPS to Eliminate Health Insurance for Some Spouses," Aug. 22).
I believe this sets a bad precedent that other companies may follow. If this becomes a trend among many other large companies, it will create more households where both spouses will have to depend on two separate employers to ensure the family health care insurance needs are met. What if employers decide to drop spousal coverage altogether?
The economy is fragile today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics released in July, many of the new jobs being created in this slow-growth period are part-time and don't offer benefits. So, the result could be that many more American households will be put at risk.
The health of our nation will be hurt. I suspect that the morale of UPS employees will also suffer.
PATRICIA PORCHE, R.N.