Ezra Klein on the games of shifting costs between individual companies and state governments in the US:
Dunkin Donuts — the worst offender — does not subcontract out with the government to push care towards employees. Rather, it 1) doesn’t give its employees affordable health care options and 2) pays employees little enough that they qualify for state plans meant to help low income residents. Voila! State steps in! And Dunkin Donuts is, in effect, subsidized.