Monday, April 21, 2008

Detriot business owners mirror national trends

A newly released survey of Detroit area businesses showed that while they are highly concerned with the effect of uninsured on their health costs, few support proposed legislation to require health insurance.

The results of this survey mirror those of other groups around the county. We want everyone to have health insurance, but we draw the line at requiring it by law.

The survey was conducted by John Bailey & Associates Inc. in preparation for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mackinac Policy Conference. Surveyors found that 46% of members would vote “no” on the proposed constitutional amendment to require health insurance; 27% would vote “yes,” and 27% had no opinion or were undecided.

In Michigan, as in most other states, there are more low cost health insurance options available this year than at any time in the past. Yet without a requirement to carry insurance, about 16% of the population is uninsured and those with insurance wind up paying for the cost of health care for the uninsured.

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