With the election settled, Congress and the White House, for the second time in less than a decade, are about to engage in a debate over the future of the nation’s health care system.
In a new survey by the Aon consulting firm, 48% of employers said the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate was their primary health care concern going into the next administration. The ACA’s play-or-pay requirement rated more than twice as much concern as any other issue.
According to Aon’s survey of more than 800 employers, conducted approximately a week after the election, other top areas of concern include:
- Prescription drug costs: 17%
- “Cadillac” excise tax: 15%
- Tax exclusion limits on employer- sponsored health care: 10%
- Paid leave laws: 8%
- Employee wellness programs: 2%.