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California Employers Dropping Health Coverage: More Evidence Americans Cannot Keep the Coverage They Have
Thursday, January 05, 2012
It might be a new year, but a report released today finds that the news is the same as 2011 – the Democrats’ health care law is harming the ability of employers to offer health coverage. Findings in the newly released 2011 California Employer Health Benefits Survey reveal that the proportion of California employers offering coverage to their employees declined from 73 percent to 63 percent since the Democrats’ health care overhaul was signed into law. "To be down to 63% [of California companies offering coverage] is huge. It used to be up over 80%," said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California.
Unfortunately, the disturbing results from California are consistent with other national surveys released throughout 2011 that show the Democrats’ health care law is leading to a decline in employer-provided health care:
Additionally, the California Employer Health Benefits Survey confirms the failure of the complicated small business health insurance tax credit. Only 5 percent of California’s small businesses reported they would even consider offering coverage as a result of the tax credit.