Originally Posted by A.Nonymous
Let me put it another way. We all know people who are out of work in this economy. Just speaking anecdotally, how many of them do you know who have turned down a job offer because of the benefits package? If the main reason employers weren't hiring was health insurance they would simply not offer health insurance or would shift the largest cost of the insurance on to the employees shoulders as there is no legal penalty for not offering it.
Let me put it another way, since you obviously don't know anyone with highly demanded skills.
When you have employment offers from 2 or more companies with similar responsibilities and salary, it's going to come down to the rest of the package.
And there are some companies faithful to providing their employees with peace of mind. Knowing you aren't going to go bankrupt due to medical bills is just a start. You are correct that there isn't a law requiring health insurance, some companies do actually care enough to provide it.