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The Results are In: BHC Member Opinions on Federal Health Care Reform

Posted By Louise Probst, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

With the current national focus on health policy in mind, the BHC polled members on their personal level of agreement or disagreement with various opinion statements. Thank you to the 53 members who responded with thoughtful comments. A few highlights are noted below:

  1. Members support repealing both the employer and individual mandate provisions of the ACA, though the margins were not large. Results indicate less opposition to the individual mandate for health coverage than to the employer mandate.
     
  2. Members strongly oppose the Cadillac Tax and taxing individuals on the value of their health benefits. In fact, sixty four percent (64%) of respondents disagree with the idea that individuals should be taxed on the value of their health benefits, even if a tax is necessary to "provide needed access."
     
  3. Members do not believe that the high cost of care is adequately addressed by either the ACA or current GOP proposals.  
     
  4. When it comes to Medicaid expansion, more members are positive or neutral than are actively opposed. 
  5. Members strongly agree that employers have a role to play in driving better value health care.  

While BHC engages with policy makers on specific health policy issues that would weaken ERISA protections, mandate benefits, or impact the quality and affordability of health care, it does not advocate for or against broad health care reform packages. The survey was conducted to enable BHC leaders, members, and staff to understand the range of opinions held by individual members on key issues of federal health policy, particularly those related to taxation and coverage mandates.

 

As many of your responses noted in various ways, the fiscal health of our nation will depend on health care purchasers, including employers and the government, having the courage to pursue better value through advocacy and contracting. I was pleased to see such strong recognition of this opportunity by members. Let's support one another in picking up the pace. 

 

Thank you for the work you do every day to make health care better for your employees and our community.

 

Warm regards,

Louise Probst
BHC Executive Director
 

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