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CED/Zogby Release Survey of Business Perspectives on Healthcare Reform
Date:6/24/2009

Survey Reveals Over 60% of Business Leaders Believe that the Employer-Based Healthcare System is Unsustainable in the Long-Term

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Committee for Economic Development (CED) has released a Zogby International survey of 300 business leaders in companies that provide healthcare for their employees. Over 60% of business leaders surveyed believe that the employer-based healthcare system is not sustainable in the long-term.

"During our research over the past three years, CED found strong dissatisfaction among business leaders with the current healthcare system. When over 60 percent of respondents believe the employer-based system is not sustainable - that is a clear signal that the time for reform is now. This poll reveals that business leaders are open to comprehensive healthcare reforms that move away from employer-based coverage," said CED President Charles Kolb.

The survey tested support for a number of national healthcare reform proposals:

  • 60.3% support a market-based system of competing plans similar to Members of Congress where the government organizes a menu of private insurance plans from which each individual may choose.
  • 54% of business leaders support an independent Federal Health Board modeled on the Federal Reserve Board.
  • 36% support a 'single payer' health insurance system.
  • 45.3% support an individual market with subsidies for those with low incomes.
  • 43.3% support an employer-based system, with a public option where firms are required to provide coverage or pay into a fund that would subsidize insurance for those who do not receive it at work. 50.3% oppose this option.

The survey was conducted from June 1 to June 12, 2009. The full poll results can be found at '/>"/>

SOURCE The Committee for Economic Development
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