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Employers Expect Higher Costs with Healthcare Reform

October 15, 2009
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employers anticipate higher health costsWatson Wyatt recently released a poll showing that the vast majority of employers expect health care reform to increase costs. The poll of 160 employers indicates that 73 percent of U.S. employers expect healthcare reform (if passed) to increase costs.  The poll also found that 86 percent of employers believe current health care proposals would weaken the role employer-sponsored plans play in providing health care coverage.

Additional notes:
    • 10% of the employers supported an employer mandate
    • 50% of the employers supported an individual mandate
    • 29% would support a tax on high-income individuals
Source: Watson Wyatt 
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