Kerrigan Statement on Obamacare Ruling

By at 17 December, 2018, 9:22 am


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – In response to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement:

“Obamacare continues to unravel competition and access to health insurance and health care, and now its legal foundation is unraveling. Thankfully, several reforms are being implemented and pursued to make health care and coverage more affordable, flexible and accessible, but Congress has the opportunity to address uncertainty and costs at this very moment. By extending a moratorium on the health insurance tax (HIT) and the other taxes in Obamacare, small businesses and the self-employed can at least anticipate somewhat stable costs going into 2020 and 2021. With the entire law being called into question from a legal perspective, Congress needs to act now to relieve small businesses of big premium increases, which will be announced in mid-2019 if the HIT is not addressed.

“As this Obamacare ruling makes its way through the courts, reforms must be pursued that enable our health care system to innovate and serve consumers through modern approaches, as opposed to centralized ‘command-and-control’ regimes like those proposed through ‘Medicare for All,’ which will only result in rationed, expensive or inaccessible care.”

SBE Council is a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on a wide range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startup activity and small business growth. Visit or @SBECouncil.


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