Self-Employed Unsure If They Will Join Obamacare Exchanges

All claim price will be deciding factor, 67% expect health care costs to increase


A poll conducted by the National Association for the Self-Employed found that 54% of survey respondents didn’t know if they would participate in new Obamacare health care exchanges and 64% hadn’t visited, according to TheStreet.

All respondents claimed price would be the deciding factor with 67% expecting to pay more for health care starting in 2014. As TheStreet reports:

According to a survey released Monday by the National Association for the Self-Employed, a trade group representing more than 200,000 self-employed business owners, more than half of the respondents haven't decided whether to purchase health care from the new federal and state-run health care exchanges.

The NASE membership survey was conducted on-line between September 18 and September 28.

Self-employed and micro-businesses (10 or fewer employees) will purchase insurance on the individual health care exchanges. Businesses with 25-49 employees, while exempted from the law's requirement, can shop for group health plans under the Small Business Health Options Program or SHOP, starting October 1. (Starting in 2017, businesses with up to 100 employees can use the program.)

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