Wednesday, July 22, 2009
As House and Senate Committees continue to work on drafting legislation to reform the nationâ€™s health care system, a survey released by Aon Consulting indicates that the majority of employers oppose having a single-payer national health insurance plan or a so-called â€œpay-or-playâ€ plan that would require them to either offer coverage or pay an assessment. However, some 53 percent of employers said they support a nationwide individual mandate that would require all U.S. citizens to obtain at least a minimum level of coverage. Some 81 percent of respondents oppose having a national health plan similar to Canada’s. Some 63 percent also oppose a â€œpay-or-playâ€ plan requiring the employer to sponsor group health insurance for their workers or pay money into a government fund to cover uninsured individuals. The majority of employers also believe a government-run public plan would create an uneven playing field over group health plans. Some 58 percent of respondents said they are opposed to a Medicare-style public plan to compete with private health insurance plans while 56 percent of respondents are opposed to a public plan that could eventually be offered to larger employers through a Health Insurance Exchange. More than 1,100 employers from a wide range of industries responded to the June survey. Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on health insurance.