"The overwhelming public support – 77 percent – observed in the survey may come from a desire for fundamental fairness between small and large businesses," said health policy expert
As noted last fall by the
AssociationHealthPlans.com surveyed 1,119 adults nationwide to assess public opinion on the central objective behind the new regulation: allowing small businesses to pool their employees together in order to access the savings associated with a single, large company health insurance plan. The survey, performed by independent third-party polling technology from
The survey found 77.6 percent of survey respondents answered "yes" in response to the question – more than three times higher than those that oppose the rule. (77.6 percent "yes" to 22.4 percent "no"). The margin of error across survey responses is estimated at +2.2%/-2.2%.
While public opposition to small businesses banding together to collaborate on large group health plans is limited (roughly one-in-five survey respondents across the nation disapproved), political opposition to the measure is more pronounced. Inasmuch as the new regulation was issued through the efforts of a Republican administration, it attracted criticism from a dozen Democratic attorneys general who filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the new regulation. However, the results of the survey found not only is there overwhelming support for small businesses offering large company health plans at the national level, but also the same level of support was observed in the states sponsoring the lawsuit. Ironically, the level of support among survey respondents in the states (and D.C.) filing the lawsuit was even higher than found at the national average (78.6 percent for the 11 states and D.C. versus 77.6 percent for the nation as a whole).
The full report as well as its methodology can be reviewed at "Survey: Overwhelming Public Support for Small Businesses to Offer Cost-Saving "Large Company" Health Plans."
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