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“There is absolutely no substantive improvement in the latest iteration of health care legislation from the previous attempts that have been soundly rejected by the business community and the American people,” said Bruce Josten, executive vice president of Government Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “All the problems discussed with previous versions are true of this bill: tax increases, Medicare cuts, job killing mandates, and an almost willful neglect for cost containment.”
“The Administration and the Congressional Majority have rejected any number of reasonable health care reform ideas, ignored the public which opposes their mission, and now threatens to twist the rules of the Senate to effectively silence all dissent,” said Jade West, senior vice president of Government Relations for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. “It is time for Washington to start over and get it right.”
“This latest of a long series of arbitrary deadlines still can’t hide the fact that Congress has the wrong prescription for health care reform,” said Steve Pfister, senior vice president of Government Relations for the National Retail Federation.
Employers for a Healthy Economy is a coalition of organizations representing small and large employers that have joined together to protect the employer-sponsored health care that more than 160 million Americans rely on to keep them healthy.
The legislation being put forth by Congress will not improve the state of health care. In fact, it will only make health care more expensive for small business, large business and individuals. If we don’t take this opportunity to control the rate of growth in health care costs we are squandering a golden opportunity.
As we recover from the global economic crisis we cannot afford a proposal that will stifle job creation with new taxes, while doing little to help employers and employees cope with the rising costs of health care.
It is imperative that any health care reform measure considered:
- Not create a government run healthcare system and thereby undermine private market competition and market-based negotiation;
- Not tax employer-sponsored health care;
- Reduce the growth in health care spending rather than accelerate it;
- Not increase the burden on employers at this difficult economic time.
The coalitions are made up of 248 leading employer associations representing hundreds of thousands of businesses of all sizes from all 50 states and nearly every sector of the economy. These organizations are committed to fundamentally changing the health care system by expanding access to coverage for all Americans, lowering costs and improving care, without shifting those costs to the private sector. A full list of members can be found at: Member List Online
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