All the evidence points to an economy well past being on themend. Yet studies continue to show that segments within the U.S.economy still lack confidence in its ability to stick to an upwardtrajectory.

An ADP survey of mid-sized U.S. companies reports that manywithin this sector are doubtful that the economy’s momentum can bemaintained. The main factors for their concern? The cost ofbenefits, and the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable CareAct.

Big-picture results of the ADP survey are that just 15 percentof 750 mid-sized company executives believe the economy willimprove during the next 12 months. However, more than half of themthink their particular industry will keep moving ahead — and theserespondents represent a full range of industries.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.