Small busi­nesses don’t need an­other healthcare over­haul

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Erik Ret­tig, Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Re­cently, the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice re­vised their es­ti­mate of the Amer­i­can Health Care Act (AHCA) and con­firmed the con­cerns many have about the leg­is­la­tion: that mil­lions of peo­ple would lose cov­er­age if it be­comes law. As a small busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion, we know that the re­place­ment plan will be es­pe­cially bad for en­trepreneurs who strug­gled to ob­tain health cov­er­age for them­selves and their em­ploy­ees prior to the Af­ford­able Care Act, es­pe­cially those with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions.

In fact, polling from Small Busi­ness Ma­jor­ity found small busi­nesses pre­fer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2:1 ra­tio. The sur­vey also found small busi­nesses op­posed key com­po­nents of the re­place­ment plan. It should come as no sur­prise, then, that nearly six in 10 small busi­nesses own­ers sup­port the cur­rent healthcare law.

En­trepreneurs around the coun­try don’t want or need an­other healthcare over­haul; what they need is qual­ity, af­ford­able health cov­er­age so they can fo­cus on run­ning their busi­nesses. As the CBO’s es­ti­mate shows, re­peal­ing the ACA would be a dis­as­ter for small busi­nesses. The Se­nate would be wise to drop any fur­ther at­tempts to move for ward with a re­place­ment plan.

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