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Survey: Candidate Ideas Irk Benefits Buyers

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The corporate executives that buy group health coverage may dislike John McCain’s main health reform proposal somewhat more than they dislike Barack Obama’s main proposal.

Researchers at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, a law firm, and the American Benefits Council, Washington, have published figures supporting that conclusion in results from survey responses from 187 benefits executives at large and small U.S. companies.

About 74% of the participants said they oppose Republican contender McCain’s proposal to repeal the tax exclusion for employer-provided health coverage, and only 4% support that proposal.

About 46% said they oppose Obama’s proposal that most employers ought to be required to provide health coverage, and about 14% said they support the “pay to play” proposal.