As the nation sorts out the details of the Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and considers the long-term impact of the decision, one thing is clear: the nation’s 22 million self-employed and micro-business owners are still worried about rising health care costs and they want Congress to act.
Last week, the National Association for the Self-Employed conducted a survey of our members to gauge reaction to the ruling and to measure support for the next steps in the law’s implementation. Of the nearly 900 respondents to our online survey, 87% said they believe Congress should repeal the entire law, voicing concern that the law’s reform measures do little to address the cost and affordability of purchasing and maintaining health insurance. These concerns, which come from a broad demographic of our members across party lines, are nothing new: America’s self-employed have time and time again they are concerned about insurance access and affordability.
Among our members, knowledge of the law and its provisions is high — more than 71% of those surveyed said they had at least some familiarity with the law. Given the way this issue has been politicized, I am not surprised that two-thirds of the respondents in our survey said the Court’s decision and their viewpoint on
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