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Survey: Self-Employed Divided On Support For ACA

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Posted by Kristin Oberlander - In the wake of the Supreme Court’s final ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the self-employed and micro-businesses are concerned as to the impact the law will have on their health care budgets when the law goes into full effect in 2014. Nearly 900 self-employed and micro-business owners responded to the survey released within hours of the Supreme Court ruling. With the law moving forward into the implementation stage, the self-employed are, once again, looking for more information from the federal government regarding issues of affordability and cost of care.

Business owners were divided on whether they supported the law or not, with half saying that they opposed the Affordable Care Act and half saying that they either fully or mainly support the law or liked some of the law but opposed other parts of the law.

Overall, the majority of the respondents disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law, though 36% indicated that they agreed with it. In light of the ruling, 87% of the self-employed and micro-business owners believe that Congress should repeal the entire law, voicing concern that the law’s reforms measures do little to address the cost and affordability of purchasing and maintaining health insurance. 

In nod to November, two-thirds of all respondents said the Court’s decision and their viewpoint on health care reform (positive or negative) would influence who they vote for in November.

Read full survey results here.

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