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Micro-Businesses Offer Strong Opinions On Health Reform Proposals
Date:6/23/2009

Businesses Support Private Insurance Over Federal Plan, Oppose Mandates

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's entrepreneurs are ready for major changes to the American health care system, but are asking the federal government to implement various proposals to help them cope with the costs. When asked for the most important component of health reform, 60 percent of micro-business owners cited cost containment, even over access and choice. Nearly 2,000 micro-businesses, including members of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), took part in this national online survey of their opinions on current health care reform proposals.

Most micro-businesses, companies with 10 or fewer employees, are closely following the health care debate. When asked how many had heard the term "public option" in relation to discussions surrounding reform, two-thirds indicated they were familiar with the term, and of those, 71 percent identified it correctly as "a health insurance program run by the government and open to anyone in need of health coverage."

Most entrepreneurs are strongly opposed to a "public option." Rather, they prefer a free market approach, wherein business owners can work with private insurance carriers instead of purchasing a federally managed plan. Seventy-one percent said that they would choose a private insurer when given the choice to purchase the exact same health insurance policy at the exact same price from either a private insurer or the federal government.

"Micro-businesses are distrustful of the federal government and its ability to manage health care," commented Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of NASE's Legislative Offices. "They continue to bear witness to how the government creates inequities in the tax code, increases red tape and poorly manages their budget. If the self-employed were to run their business
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