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Conventions Conclude, Fall Campaign Begins: NFIB Looks for More Focus on Small Business Healthcare Concerns
Date:9/5/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the general election campaign begins in earnest today, the National Federation of Independent Business (http://www.nfib.com) is looking to the two presidential candidates for a greater focus on the healthcare concerns of small business. Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are over, NFIB is asking both candidates to fully consider the significant obstacles faced by small businesses as they further develop their healthcare plans.

"NFIB is pleased that Senator McCain and Senator Obama recognize that rising healthcare costs are hurting America's job creators," said NFIB President and CEO Todd Stottlemyer. "But over the next 60 days, we expect more details about how the healthcare plans of both presidential candidates can help solve the healthcare crisis that is strangling small businesses across the country. These small employers are counting on the next president and administration to address their unique healthcare challenges."

Of the 47 million uninsured Americans in 2006(1), 28 million were small business owners, employees or their dependents(2). Rising healthcare costs, a major impediment for millions of Americans seeking healthcare coverage, have a disproportionate effect on small business. Small employers, who represent 99.7 percent of employers, pay an average of 18 percent more for insurance premiums than larger firms.

Ruth Novodor, a small business owner and NFIB board member, spoke at the Republican National Convention earlier this week and Janet Lynn Monacco spoke during the Democratic National Convention last week. Both women reinforced the important role of small business in our country's economy and the urgent need to address rising healthcare costs. Their remarks should serve as a reminder to both presidential candidates that small business men and women are a significant voting bloc and their unique circumstances m
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