Barack Obama wanted to change American health care as we knowit. And he is, in ways that go far beyond the goals of theAffordable Care Act.

For weeks, headlines have cataloged the upheaval at privateemployers: UPS dropping coverage for employed spouses, IBMreworking retiree benefits. Yesterday came the biggest change:Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, told 160,000workers they must buy insurance through a private exchange ratherthan having the company arrange their coverage.

None of the moves was dictated by the health-care law. All,though, have occurred in an environment shaped by Obamacare, whichhas pushed businesses and governments to reexamine theirhealth-care role as costs soar and national priorities shift. Theact now is giving businesses cover to loosen the decades-old linkbetween jobs and health insurance, a shift that may further cloudthe outlook for an already unpopular law.

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