Unlikely alliance forming on healthcare

  1. WASHINGTON -- The leading small-business organization, a lobbying juggernaut that helped kill President Clinton's health plan in the 1990s, plans to announce today that it is signing up with a diverse political coalition promoting access to affordable healthcare for all.

    The National Federation of Independent Business will join AARP, the Service Employees International Union and the Business Roundtable -- which represents chief executives of major companies -- in an umbrella group called Divided We Fail. The effort is aimed at ensuring that healthcare and retirement security are at the top of the presidential candidates' domestic agendas next year.

    "Access to affordable health insurance is the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 issue for small business across the United States," said Todd Stottlemyer, president of the National Federation of Independent Business. "For us not to be at the table in any serious conversations makes no sense. There really can't be a national debate about healthcare unless small business has a seat at the table."
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    An estimated 60% of the 47 million uninsured people in the United States are small-business employees, owners and their family members.

    The NFIB still opposes efforts to compel employers to pay for coverage, but Stottlemyer said the group's members are alarmed that healthcare costs have only become more onerous and unpredictable since the collapse of the 1990s effort.
    Source: http://www.latimes.com/features/heal...ck=1&cset=true accessed today.

    AARP,SEIU and NFIB all agreeing to work together.....
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  3. by   Cosper123
    Quote from HM2Viking
    WASHINGTON -- The leading small-business organization, a lobbying juggernaut that helped kill President Clinton's health plan in the 1990s, plans to announce today that it is signing up with a diverse political coalition promoting access to affordable healthcare for all.

    The National Federation of Independent Business will join AARP, the Service Employees International Union and the Business Roundtable -- which represents chief executives of major companies -- in an umbrella group called Divided We Fail. The effort is aimed at ensuring that healthcare and retirement security are at the top of the presidential candidates' domestic agendas next year.

    "Access to affordable health insurance is the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 issue for small business across the United States," said Todd Stottlemyer, president of the National Federation of Independent Business. "For us not to be at the table in any serious conversations makes no sense. There really can't be a national debate about healthcare unless small business has a seat at the table."
    ...

    An estimated 60% of the 47 million uninsured people in the United States are small-business employees, owners and their family members.

    The NFIB still opposes efforts to compel employers to pay for coverage, but Stottlemyer said the group's members are alarmed that healthcare costs have only become more onerous and unpredictable since the collapse of the 1990s effort.
    Source: http://www.latimes.com/features/heal...ck=1&cset=true accessed today.

    AARP,SEIU and NFIB all agreeing to work together.....
    Makes sense....the big opposition to Clinton's plan back in 93(?) was that it weighed so heavily on small businesses. There were some key Republicans that worked on a compromise to this but in the end it fell through and the National Federation of Independent Business smartly opposed it.

    While if still under those same conditions today, I would expect them to take a similar stand...as such a heavy burden on small businesses was outright stupid and the biggest flaw to that health care plan IMO.

    Now though, other options are being considered, and business in general (not just small business) is getting hit hard and/or will be by health care costs.

    My hope is that enough campaign contributions will level out on both sides of the playing field here enough to give us some semblance of what is right. In the end, no politician...repuke or demicrap, cares one bit about us. We don't have enough money
  4. by   teeituptom
    well , its about time they jumped on the bandwagon

    Can I see some influence from MM that helped this
  5. by   HM2VikingRN
    Yes indeed!

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