By NEIL KING JR. WSJ.com
WASHINGTON — Business is parting from its traditional allies in the Republican Party on health care as companies and big corporate lobbyists lend tentative support to a congressional overhaul that conservative lawmakers staunchly oppose.
The rift mirrors a similar divide on other issues, including immigration and climate change, where many companies have backed legislative action that Republican lawmakers oppose.
Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, recently commissioned Hewitt Associates to develop a new report that explores the cost of inaction around health care reform and identifies ways to build an improved, and more efficient delivery system.
Health Care Reform: The Perils of Inaction and the Promise of Effective Action, issued on September 15, 2009, reveals that annual per employee health care costs will triple to nearly $29,000 over the next decade without significant marketplace reforms that reduce costs, expand coverage, and improve delivery.
Key findings of the report include: