Coins and pills on a scale Purchasers were also asked which market forces significantly threaten the affordability of employer-sponsored plans, and by far the greatest threat is the price of drugs. (Image: Shutterstock)

Professionals responsible for buying employer-sponsored health insurance at their organizations could handle it if the next president and Congress were to be successful in getting a public option added to the list of choices on the Affordable Care Act exchanges – but a complete scrapping to be replaced by Medicare for All, not so much, according to the latest survey by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.

Ninety purchasers for employers that are members of coalitions affiliated with the National Alliance were polled, and just over a third (34 percent) say that a Medicare public option could be a helpful reform for their employer health and well-being strategies, while another 29 percent are neutral.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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