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NFIB Joins AARP, Business Roundtable and SEIU in Divided We Fail
Date:11/1/2007

Group representing millions of small businesses and their employees join effort to influence debate on critical domestic issues

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the nation's leading consumer, business and labor organizations have a new ally: America's small businesses.

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Top executives of the groups that make up Divided We Fail--AARP, Business Roundtable and SEIU--announced today that the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) joined the effort to make access to quality, affordable health care and long-term financial security top issues in the national political debate.

"NFIB's alliance with Divided We Fail demonstrates that we're taking all the steps necessary to change the political climate to fix our nation's health-care system," said Todd Stottlemyer, President and CEO of NFIB. "Small business owners, their employees and dependents make up the largest segment of the uninsured population and we simply can't say that health care is our top priority and be content with the stalemate over reform. As a member of this coalition we plan to raise the national debate to a new level and get policymakers focused on providing solutions to address what has become a national crisis for America's job creators."

"Divided We Fail now represents more than 53 million Americans who are part of a movement to influence the political debate on critical domestic issues that affect their daily lives," said AARP CEO Bill Novelli. "We are leading a national push for solutions based on shared responsibility --- the role of the individual, government, and the private sector."

Divided We Fail launched nationally in January and has worked to engage the American people, elected officials and the business community to find broad-based, bi-partisan solutions to the most
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