Small Business Advocate Responds to Missed Opportunity on Fixing Costly Obamacare

By at 24 March, 2017, 5:58 pm



Washington, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement regarding the decision to stop House action on the “American Health Care Act”:

“None of the promises of Obamacare have been delivered for entrepreneurs, small business owners and their employees. Rather than bring lower costs and more coverage choices, the exact opposite has occurred.  Small business owners and their employees are getting limited coverage options and less access and, in many cases, paying much more money for that raw deal.  Obamacare is unsustainable and we applaud the GOP leadership, other GOP House members and President Trump who worked hard to find a compromise in order provide relief and affordability for small businesses and their workforce. The core pieces of the bill where very important to small businesses and entrepreneurs, that is removing expensive and misguided taxes and mandates, providing relief from ever-increasing costs and compliance, while adding smart measures and reforms to improve coverage options with appropriate incentives.

“We are very disappointed at House members who remained obstinate in their opposition to the Act.  This was an important opportunity to remove crushing taxes, costly mandates, and high health insurance premiums off the backs of small businesses. But some House members decided ‘purity’ was more important than real progress on rolling back the worse parts of Obamacare. So the dysfunctional Obamacare remains intact, which means small businesses and their employees must continue to suffer under its high costs, lack of choices and diminishing access to health care.

“Small businesses hope there is a path forward because the current one is unsustainable. SBE Council will continue to work with House and Senate members to find affordable solutions for America’s entrepreneurs, small businesses and their employees.  We will not give up because making health coverage more affordable is one of the most critical issues for the growth and success of small businesses.”

CONTACT:  Karen Kerrigan,

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years, SBE Council has worked to advance initiatives and policies that strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil.




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