If Congress and President Obama are looking to employers for support for the latest healthcare bill, the best advice may be, “Look elsewhere.”
A recent survey of 160 employers revealed that most of the bosses believe healthcare reform will lead to higher healthcare costs and a weakening of control over how employers provide coverage to workers.
Here are the numbers from the survey, conducted by business consultant Watson Wyatt:
- 73% believe healthcare costs will increase if current reform legislation is enacted.
- 86% think the legislation would weaken the role and control of employer-sponsored plans.
- Only 29% would support a tax on high-income employees with high-cost plans as a way to fund health reform.
- Only 19% would support a tax on insurers of high-cost plans.
- Only 11% would support taxing employer contributions to health care as income.
- Only 10% would support a mandate for employers to provide coverage.
- 50% would support a mandate for workers to carry coverage.