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Employers “Vote” on Presidential Candidates' Health Care Platforms: Prefer Middle Ground Between the Two Approaches
Date:11/1/2008

The majority of U.S.-based employers want to continue to provide health care coverage, yet oppose a government mandate to do so, a survey released today indicates. Employers prefer a middle ground between the presidential candidates’ health care proposals.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 1, 2008 -- The majority of U.S.-based employers want to continue to provide health care coverage, yet oppose a government mandate to do so, a survey released today indicates.

“Health Care Reform: Debating the Presidential Debate,” conducted by Buck Consultants, an ACS company and one of the world’s leading human resource and benefits consulting firms, finds that employers prefer a middle ground between the presidential candidates’ health care proposals.

A majority of employers responding to the survey prefer a health care system that resembles what exists today, but with:
· a private sector safety net for the uninsured,
· a continuing, and potentially expanded, role for consumer-directed health plans, and
· a national promotion of health and wellness to control costs

The survey analyzed responses from more than 160 organizations in virtually every industry.

Most of the survey respondents prefer to continue providing health care coverage; only 32 percent would rather be out of the business of providing health care to employees. A majority also believe that a federal mandate to provide coverage would put a strain on their competitiveness. “The majority of employers feel that a health care mandate would hurt their ability to compete globally and dif
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