High-deductible health plans pushed LOS ANGELES TIMES Copyright 2012 LOS ANGELES TIMES. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:37 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012 Government officials and other groups have reported a similar slowdown in health care spending. Some experts attribute it to employers shifting more costs onto workers and patients postponing care and out-of-pocket medical expenses during a weak economy.