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Texas Business Attitudes Toward
Federal Health Care Reform

Taking the Pulse of Business on Federal Health Care Reform

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April 3, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Texans have charged my office with following and understanding the trends and events that affect our state’s finances, and the state economy on which they depend.

The federal health care legislation signed into law in March 2010 promises to create challenges for private employers in Texas and around the nation.

It’s important to know what our business community thinks of these changes, and what impacts they anticipate. My office is pleased to present this report, Texas Business Attitudes Toward Federal Health Care Reform, which reveals the positions and opinions of the leaders and membership of two of Texas’ most prominent business organizations.

To prepare this report, we surveyed Texas members of the National Federation of Independent Business and the Texas Association of Business, and received replies from more than 900 owners of Texas businesses, large and small. We think you will find their opinions illuminating.

While we expected to find some skepticism regarding health care reform among the respondents, the overwhelming weight of opposition was truly surprising. Only 3.4 percent of the employers we surveyed believe the legislation will be good for their businesses.

We will continue to monitor the implementation of this federal initiative, which will affect both businesses and millions of individual Texans. We hope a better understanding of its potential costs and benefits can help lead to a more positive environment for the growth and success of our economy.

Susan Combs

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