Gotta love the "contrapocalypse" concept — apocalyptic scenarios that are (at least to some extent) mutually exclusive, e.g. "peak oil and obesity (people can hardly be fat if they have to walk everywhere)."
The mind boggles as to what a GS managing director might get via a $40,000 health insurance policy. It is reasonable to take some figure that allows for some electroplating in a family policy ($15,000? $17,500?), index the amount for health care inflation, and treat employer-provided insurance above that amount as taxable income.
I think the main takeaway from the article concerns the broad disconnection of healthcare prices from costs, but this raises an interesting political angle.