JCK Magazine - Stottlemyer presented the senators with 450,000 petitions from NFIB members and small-business owners calling on the Congress to enact the health plans aimed at small business. The petitions were later delivered to the offices of individual senators. The presentation occurred as the Senate prepares to take up S. 1955, “The Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act of 2006,” which passed the HELP Committee in March.
NFIB, said, SBHPs will level the playing field and give participating small businesses the same buying power as Fortune 500 companies and unions by allowing them to join together across state lines through trade and professional associations to purchase affordable health benefits.
“Access to affordable health care is the number one issue for small-business owners,” Stottlemyer said. “Starting next week, the Senate has a critical opportunity to make a real difference for small businesses, their employees and their families. Everyday, we hear from small-business owners struggling to provide health insurance for their employees, and they need help now. These petitions demonstrate just how important this vote is for our nation’s main street job creators.”