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Employers Express Doubts About Employer Mandate and Government-Sponsored Public Plan, Says Aon Consulting Survey
Date:7/20/2009

CHICAGO, July 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Competition between employer-based health insurance plans and a government-sponsored public plan will not fix the U.S. health care system, according to the majority of employers responding to a Health Care Reform Survey, conducted by Aon Consulting, the global human capital consulting organization of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AOC). What will help fix the system is a focus on wellness programs, evidence-based medicine guidelines, improving quality of care and increasing the ability of patients to be better health care consumers, the survey found.

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Aon Consulting surveyed more than 1,100 U.S.-based employers in June 2009 and found that 58 percent of employers oppose a public plan option similar to Medicare to compete with employer-based plans as a way to increase the number of Americans with health insurance. In addition, 56 percent of employers oppose a public plan that would eventually be offered to larger employers through a Health Insurance Exchange. In regard to the scenario of a government-run public plan having lower provider reimbursement levels and richer benefits than competing group plans, 39 percent of employers said they would continue group health coverage but re-evaluate sponsorship after one to two years. In the same scenario, another 10 percent of employers said they would drop sponsorship of group coverage.

"The survey results reflect an opposition to a competing public plan where employers are concerned about an uneven playing field between employer-based plans and a public plan, especially if the public plan is designed based on a Medicare level re
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