You would think by the way the Republicans have been talking that a clear majority of businesses want the Affordable Care Act be overturned. That is not the case at all, as shown in a recent poll of 800 small businesses throughout Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Texas and Virginia.
Only 30% of small businesses want the healthcare law overturned while 50% want it to stand with minor or no changes, according to the Small Business Majority.
You can read the full report here.
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said, you have to learn what is in it to like it? Well it turns out she was right. As more and more businesses and people find out what is actually in the law, the more support it gains.
A 66% majority of small business owners say they would use their state exchange or at least consider using it, compared to 8% who say they would not consider using it when they provide benefits.
Nearly 8 in 10 owners support prohibiting health plans from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, 72% support requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80% of small group premiums on patient care and quality improvement (as opposed to plan administration, marketing and profits) and 65% support allowing states to review and potentially reject excessive premium rate increases.
Nearly half of small business owners say they would be more likely to extend coverage to employees if they qualified for the small business healthcare tax credit.
46% identified as strong Republican or independent-leaning Republican, 39% identified as Democrat or independent-leaning Democrat and 12% identified as Independent.
Of course Republicans wouldn’t want Americans to know what is in the report. For instance, elderly Americans can now go for wellness visits at no cost. This means, because of the Affordable Care Act, our elderly citizens can now stay healthy by going to their primary doctor and it will not cost them anything, including no co-pay.
Add on the other popular provisions, like Americans can no longer be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions,and keeping young adults on their parents insurance up until the age of 26.
The Supreme Court will be deciding the fate of the law this month. Republicans have yet to come up with a replacement for the law as they have promised. In fact there have been some chirps by the GOP that popular provisions should stay intact, such as the ban on denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and keeping young adults on their parents insurance until they are 26.
This shows that the GOP is on the wrong side of the issue, once again. Just like they were 75 years ago, when they were staunchly against Medicare and other programs to help average Americans.