The healthcare crisis in the United States doesn't just effect the millions of Americans without health insurance, it also has a direct impact on the millions of small businesses that try to do the right thing and provide their employees with health insurance. As prices skyrocket, it becomes more and more difficult for those businesses to still be able to do the right thing and stay in business.
In a pledge to work with small businesses & the next president, Congresswoman Nancy Boyda has joined with the National Federation of Independent Businesses buy signing their "Solutions Start Here" petition.
From the NFIB press release:
"I am proud to support the Solutions Start Here healthcare petition. Affordable medical insurance coverage continues to be one of America's most significant healthcare problems," said Congresswoman Nancy Boyda. "Small businesses are especially impacted by the lack of affordable coverage. Therefore, I am pleased to have representatives of small business at the table as we look for solutions to this dilemma."Here's hoping the NFIB, along with Congresswoman Boyda, are successful.
Small businesses are disproportionately burdened by healthcare costs. Of the 47 million Americans without health insurance, more than 28 million are small business owners, employees and their dependents. Under current law they generally do not enjoy the same tax treatment, coverage or pooling options as large businesses and corporations; on average, they pay 18 percent more for the same healthcare benefits. On top of this, over the last eight years, insurance premiums have increased an alarming 129 percent.
"Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and healthcare is their No. 1 issue, yet finding and providing affordable health insurance has become an overwhelming obstacle for many small business owners," said NFIB President and CEO Todd Stottlemyer. "The support of policymakers like Representative Boyda is critical as we work to find solutions to this healthcare crisis that work for small business owners and employees."
The petition reflects the goals of the Solutions Start Here campaign, which serves as the small business platform for healthcare reform. It is the largest and most aggressive campaign in the 65-year history of NFIB. As part of the effort, NFIB is hosting a series of "Fix-it Forums" across the country to engage small business people in a dialogue about the challenges they face on the frontlines of this healthcare crisis.
- Quality, affordable health coverage with options for small business owners, employees and their families;
- Choice in insurers, doctors and hospitals;
- The peace of mind that if people leave their job, they won't lose their health coverage;
- A clear understanding of how much people are paying for healthcare and what level of quality they are getting; and
- Confidence that medical records are private, safe and secure.