Navigation Links
Landrieu, Snowe Convene Roundtable on Healthcare for Small Businesses
Date:7/9/2009

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, today convened a roundtable to discuss healthcare reform proposals as they relate to small businesses. Participants at the roundtable, entitled "Healthcare Reform: The Concerns and Priorities from the Perspective of Small Businesses," included U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Metairie, La. businessman Michael Mitternight and representatives from several small business advocacy organizations.

"This is the 12th meeting of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship that I have chaired this Congress. While the topics have ranged from entrepreneurial development to trade to lending, I continue to hear from small business owners that their number one concern is healthcare," Chair Landrieu said. "The cost of providing coverage is rising at an unpredictable and unsustainable rate, making it difficult for small business owners to secure stable healthcare for their employees. According to the National Small Business Association, many small businesses have reported yearly premium increases of as much as 20 percent for the past four years. Simply put, we need to reform our health care system to provide small businesses the opportunity to grow and prosper. The cost of doing nothing is just too great."

"As former Chair and now Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee, if there's one concern I've heard time and again - from small businesses in Maine and across the country - it's the exorbitant cost to small businesses of providing health insurance to their employees," said Ranking Member Snowe. "Further compounding the crisis is that small group insurance markets currently have no real competition, as evidenced by the alarming trend of consolidation in the state small group insurance markets. Small business health reform must be a central component to our broader reform efforts, and that is why I am working diligently, as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, to craft bipartisan, comprehensive health care reform legislation that will make health care more affordable and universal for small businesses and the self-employed."

"Small businesses are the economic engine that can drive national recovery and I ask only that the government not impede that ability," said Metairie small business owner Michael Mitternight. "As a small business owner, I can say I'm anxious for healthcare reform, but only if it promotes affordability. I'm opposed to mandates on small businesses and increased taxation. I appreciate Senator Landrieu's efforts to work with small businesses in helping to achieve those goals."

For more information on today's roundtable, including archive video and Chair Landrieu's opening statement, please visit http://sbc.senate.gov/hearings/20090709.cfm.

    A full list of participants is below:

    The Honorable Ron Wyden
    United States Senator
    Oregon

    John Arensmeyer
    Founder and CEO
    Small Business Majority

    Kristie L. Arslan
    Executive Director, Legislative Office
    National Association for the Self-Employed

    Amanda Austin
    Director, Federal Public Policy - Senate
    National Federation of Independent Business

    David D. Ferreira
    Vice President for Government Affairs
    U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Todd McCracken
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    National Small Business Association

    Michael Mitternight
    President
    Factory Service Agency, Inc.

    Len Nichols
    Director, Health Policy Program
    New America Foundation

    Ronald Phipps
    Vice President
    National Association of Realtors

    Ann Sullivan
    Representing Women Impacting Public Policy
    President
    Madison Services Group, Inc.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Kerry, Snowe Push Finance Committee on Small Business Health Care
2. Home Oxygen Community Applauds Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for Joining Bi-Partisan Effort to Formally Oppose Proposed Cuts to Medicares Home Oxygen Benefit
3. Maine Community Pharmacy Owner Thanks Sen. Snowe for Supporting Inclusion of Common-Sense Reimbursement Provisions in Medicare Bill
4. Senators Snowe and Collins Vote to Protect Americas Kids from Tobacco
5. MultiVu Video Feed: PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS CONVENE TO DISCUSS THE TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF RABIES
6. Historic Breast Cancer Global Advocate Summit Convenes in Budapest, Hungary on September 29-30
7. AdvaMed Convenes Panel to Address Health Disparities
8. 14,000 Public Health Experts to Convene at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
9. Fuwei Films to Convene Annual Shareholders Meeting On December 21 in New York City
10. Time Critical Diagnosis Task Force Convenes in Jefferson City
11. California Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Convene Celebrities, Breast Cancer Survivors and Activists to Challenge Elected Officials to Strengthen Breast Cancer Services
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... LEXINGTON, Ky. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... MD, MPH to become its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James ... and CEO Elect beginning July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes in the delivery of sub-acute ... of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple Rehab participated with the Shelton ... well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP). The LTC-MAP ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at ... of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The ... that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... WILMINGTON, Del. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... technology and advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range ... and National Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of ... Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, ... In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... their devotion to personalized service, SMP Pharmacy Solutions announces their ... South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies, and listed for ... specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  To that end, the ... by SFBJ as the 2017 Power Leader in Health Care. ... award in October, Bardisa said of the three achievements, "It,s ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... 2017  As the latest Obamacare repeal effort moves ... (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) medical ... device industry is in an odd place.  The industry ... excise tax on medical device sales passed along with ... patients, increased visits and hospital customers with the funding ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... Sept. 18, 2017 EpiVax, Inc. ... bioinformatics and immune engineering, today announced a ... A (H7N9) vaccine. ... seasonal influenza and presents a challenge for ... exposure to be effective. Using state-of-the-art bioinformatics and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: