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83 Percent of Small Businesses Say 'No' to Health Care Public Option, 89 Percent Say Government Cannot Provide Adequate Health Care
Date:12/29/2009

n St. Johns, doesn't believe the government can provide a satisfactory health care plan, adding, "I can't name one government program that is efficient, or that is not out of money. Why would this be any different?"

Bonnie Zeigler, an Association member and president of New-Tech in Midland, said if a government-run health care plan was put into effect, she would continue to provide insurance to her employees. "My reaction is to continue to offer our current plan, but we may not be able to afford it."

The survey, sent out the week of Dec. 14, 2009 to Association members, offered a clear look at how many Michigan small business owners view the health care reform issue.

  • 85 percent do not support the provision of mandatory health care for individuals, or the imposition of a 2.5 percent tax on those without insurance.
  • Should a government-run health care plan take effect, survey respondents said they would make the following choices:
    • 16 percent said their company would pay the tax of up to 8 percent annually of payroll and employees would enroll in the government public option plan.
    • 23 percent said their company would continue to offer their employee health care plan and pay the premiums.
    • A staggering 56 percent were not sure what they would do.
  • 77 percent of survey respondents said the new government health care plan should not cover abortions.
  • 89 percent of Association members responding said they do not believe the government can provide adequate health care that will meet the needs of the country under the proposed legislation.

Kluge urged small business owners to continue to contact their U.S. senators and representatives to air their concerns about national health care reforms and the potential impact upon their business and their employees.

Based in Warren, Mich., the MBPA (

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