Press release last month, but in case you missed it, have a read:
WASHINGTON, D.C., Monday, May 23, 2011 — National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) president and CEO Dan Danner and small business owner Earl Hall joined U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) today to unveil a bill that will address some of the most costly and egregious mandates in the new health care law. The bill, called the Small Business Health Relief Act, will make health care coverage more affordable for small businesses, which, according to NFIB research, is a top priority for small-business owners.
“The policies in the health care law will crush small businesses with new costs and uncertainty. 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,” said NFIB president and CEO Dan Danner. “This bill addresses the top concerns of small businesses, and it will help them get back to creating jobs and investing in their businesses.”
The bill eliminates a new tax on health insurers that will drive up the cost of coverage and will repeal the employer mandate, which not only requires small businesses to buy insurance, but dictates how much they must purchase. These repeals will lowers costs for small-business owners and provide Americans more choices and freedom in their health care coverage.
“It’s a day-to-day struggle to survive against competition from the big box stores regardless of the economy,” said Earl Hall, owner of Hometown Printing and Office Supply in Bordentown, N.J. “It’s been even more difficult in a weak economy that experts don’t see improving anytime soon. The health care law imposes heavy new costs on my business that we may not be able to absorb.”
U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) co-sponsored the Kyl bill, introduced on Monday.