PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Letter to U.S. Senate: Vote Yes on Motion to Proceed to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act

By at 25 July, 2017, 8:34 am

Dear United States Senator:

Health coverage costs are crushing small businesses and the American dream. The U.S. Senate must act and push forward with reforms to significantly ease these costs, remove an array of burdens and mandates on entrepreneurs and small businesses, and implement dramatic changes that will provide options in the marketplace that health care consumers need and can afford.

The first step is voting for the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017.  The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) and our nationwide membership strongly support continued action by the Senate and encourage all Senators to vote yes and work to advance solutions that lift the regulatory nightmare and taxes that are throwing the health insurance markets into disarray and dysfunction.

Such disarray continues to impact our nation’s small businesses and is a heavy weight around their operations. The crushing costs are impeding small business growth and competitiveness, while discouraging new business creation. Obamacare has resulted in significantly higher costs for 83% of our small business members, and 81% say their choices are more limited. Unfortunately, 54% say they are experiencing restricted access to health care with 83% reporting higher co-pays (or other costs); 51% say they have fewer provides or limited access to doctors; and 27% report longer waiting periods for physician visits or procedures.  Not surprisingly, 87% say that fixing Obamacare is important to the future viability of their business.

These are not results worth supporting or allowing to continue. Obamacare is a failure for most small businesses and must be fixed.  SBE Council urges you to vote for America’s small businesses and the millions of self-employed Americans who are being burdened by Obamacare costs.  Vote for the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628.

Sincerely,

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

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