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

ferentiate themselves in recruiting,” said Chantel Sheaks, a principal at Buck Consultants. “Only 17 percent feel that such a mandate would expand health care coverage.”

Other key findings include:
· If a mandate becomes law, two-thirds believe employers should have plan design discretion, including the option to offer consumer-directed health plans – characterized by a medical plan with a high deductible, coupled with a health care savings account.
· Only 21 percent of respondents believe that one candidate’s proposal to expand coverage by enhancing competition between employer plans and individual insurance policies would reduce the number of uninsured.
· Seventy-two percent believe enhanced competition would drive healthy employees into the individual market, leaving more costly individuals in the employer plans.
· Only 53 percent of respondents would be inclined to promote health and wellness in the workplace if they are not the primary source of health insurance.

Buck Consultants, an ACS company, is a leader in human resource and benefits consulting with more than 1,500 professionals worldwide. Founded in 1916 to advise clients in establishing and funding some of the nation’s first public and private retirement programs, Buck is an innovator in the areas of retirement benefits, health and wellness programs, human capital management, and employee communication. News and other information about Buck Consultants are available at www.buckconsultants.com. Buck is an independent subsidiary of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.

ACS, a global FORTUNE 500 company with 63,000 people supporting client operations reaching more than
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