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Time heals all wounds: Workers view PPACA more favorably

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Posted October 31, 2011 by By Kelley M. Butler at 02:06PM. Comments (41)

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that folks were screaming and tossing chairs at each other in protest of health care reform proposals. But consumers either have come a long way since or have short memories, as a recent Mercer survey reports that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is being viewed more positively. 

This year, 31% of respondents now say they are better off because of PPACA, up from only 18% the prior year. Conversely, 33% of respondents believe that they are worse off, down from 43% in 2010.

“Across the board, we’re seeing employees warm up to the idea of health care reform, specifically when it comes to projecting how they will be personally affected,” says Suzanne Nolan, partner and director of marketing and communications for Mercer’s U.S. outsourcing business. “This emerging attitude shift reinforces the need to simplify the complex topic of health care reform and make it more understandable and meaningful for employees, especially as we anticipate the upcoming provisions of health care reform that will need to be implemented in 2014, which will most likely have a more significant impact on a broader number of employees.”

It’s interesting to note this survey doesn’t ask the same of employers. But does the fact that employees appear to be warming to PPACA take any steam out of employer opposition? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Posted by: R S | November 2, 2011 8:41 AM

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Posted by: Avram G | November 1, 2011 4:49 PM

Daniel B, this is no place for your whacked pamphleteering. The fact is that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act phase in over several years and many good things have already kicked in. When people realize that the world won't end AND they stand to get a few goodies, like guaranteed access to their parents' coverage until age 26 and tax credits for small employers that provide health coverage to their workers, people do warm up. It's a shame that you have to reject such a simple truth by bloviating about nonsense. Have a pleasant day!

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Posted by: Daniel B | November 1, 2011 4:32 PM

It is still an unconstitutional federal power grab and will be until the day the Supreme Court finds the individula mandate unconstitutional or it is repealed entirely by a Congress less impressed with its own power than the one run by Ms. Pelosi of "we have to pass this bill so we can read it and find out what is in it" fame. As for the respondents reported change in outlook about Obamacare... the 10% swing represent "frogs" set in the twpid water of Liberty for which they have not sacrificed and about which they have not been taught, to be slowly boiled to the point of socialism.

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