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August 25, 2007

Small-business owners favor health care plan, survey says

More small-business owners in California back proposals being considered in Sacramento to revise the state's health insurance system than oppose them, according to a survey commissioned by a coalition of small-business organizations.

Officials with Small Business for Affordable Healthcare yesterday offered the results of its scientific survey as a counterweight to earlier, unscientific polling by the National Federation of Independent Businesses – an influential voice in the state's insurance-reform debate – that indicated opposition to the proposals from a majority of small business owners.

About 47 percent of the business owners surveyed by the coalition said they support Assembly Bill 8, which would charge businesses that don't sponsor employee insurance plans a 7.5 percent payroll tax to fund a statewide pool from which their employees would buy insurance.

The same amount of small businesses support a similar proposal by
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would charge a 4 percent payroll tax for businesses with at least 10 workers.

The survey questioned 506 randomly selected small-business owners and senior managers between Aug. 2 and 15. The telephone poll, done by Core Strategies of Laguna Hills, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

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Posted by healthinsurance at August 25, 2007 08:18 PM