Chipping Away at ObamaCare

May 23, 2011

Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill,the Chamber’s Bruce Josten and NFIB’s Dan Danner joined Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to unveil legislation that would reduce the burden ObamaCare places on small-business owners.

The legislation, known as the Small Business Health Relief Act, repeals some of the most onerous provisions of ObamaCare, including a tax on insurance companies that is estimated to increase premiums by as much as 3% over a decade; an employer mandate that not only requires small businesses to buy insurance but also dictates how much they must purchase; and new restrictions on health savings accounts (HSAs) that make it harder for people to use HSAs to cover costs not paid by their insurance plans. The bill would also ensure that people could keep the coverage they have if they like it.

Sen. Kyl said of his legislation, “Although I remain firmly committed to full repeal of the deeply-flawed and damaging ObamaCare, the reality is that President Obama will never allow that to happen as long as he’s in office. That is why I have introduced the Small Business Health Relief Act, which will repeal some of the onerous and damaging mandates in ObamaCare until the Supreme Court invalidates the law or Congress and a willing president allow us to repeal it.”

The Chamber has long advocated for ways to empower health care consumers and make health insurance more affordable and accessible. As Josten said at today’s event, “The Small Business Health Relief Act will advance these goals by providing small businesses and their employees some relief from the destructive fees and mandates that were enacted in the name of health reform.”

Added Dan Danner, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, “The small business community would like to thank Senator Kyl for introducing the Small Business Health Relief Act to help fix some of the worst parts of the law. This bill addresses the top concerns of small businesses, and it will help them get back to creating jobs and investing in their business.”

U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) are co-sponsors.



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