About The Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare
The Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare is a group of more than 150 organizations dedicated to increasing access and affordability of private health insurance for small business owners, the self-employed, employees and their dependents.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2010 — The Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare, issued the following statement in response to the final passage of the Reconciliation Bill:
“Last night, Congress voted to pass its so-called ‘fix bill.’ But there is no fix that can correct the flawed healthcare law Congress has passed. Now, as small business owners sort through the thousands of pages of the new federal healthcare law, they are left wondering just what healthcare reform will mean for them. This is not the reform they asked for. This is not the reform they needed. This is definitely not the reform they can afford. And it is the wrong direction to go if we have any hope of growing jobs in the small business community.
“The new healthcare law is filled with huge tax increases, confusing rules, complicated formulas and perverse incentives for small businesses to grow. It leaves small businesses wondering what they should be doing next. On one hand, the jobs bill tells them: hire people and pay your employees more, and we’ll give you a tax credit. And, then the health bill tells them: if you are too big or pay your employees too much you can’t have a healthcare credit. These mixed messages, coupled with new tax burdens, leave little encouragement for them to be able to grow and lift us out of this recession.
“This Coalition has worked for more than two decades seeking solutions that reduce small businesses’ costs. Sadly, instead of addressing small businesses’ biggest problem, Congress slammed the door in their face and told them to ‘just pay more.’ The result of this bill will be lost jobs, increased costs and less people with access to healthcare -- the complete opposite goal of healthcare reform.”
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