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Democrats Vote "No" To Assist Small Businesses

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Democrats Vote "No" To Assist Small Businesses

The Democrat leadership yesterday rejected all ten, commonsense amendments offered by U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) that would ease some of the financial burden for families and small businesses subjected to the government's unconstitutional and unaffordable health care mandate:

"President Obama and Congressional leaders have repeatedly touted their intention to create jobs," said Broun. "I submitted several commonsense, bi-partisan amendments to help curb the job loss and massive tax burdens on families and small businesses, all of which were dismissed outright. The Democrats' "NO' vote demonstrates that job creation is just a good talking point, but they have no intentions to translate this rhetoric into reality."

roun offered the following amendments:

#1: Provides individuals 100% tax deductibility for all medical expense- REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#2: Exempts any business whose gross revenues per year do not exceed $500,000 from all employer mandates- REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#3: Requires any business that is characterized as a minority owned business or small business concern (as defined by section 3 of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 632) is exempt from all employer mandates- REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#4: Exempts any business whose gross revenues have declined from the previous fiscal year from all employer mandates. -- REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#5: Reforms EMTALA; provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage; and provide for Association Health Plans. - REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#6: Defines minimum benefits in the Exchange shall not include abortions (without exceptions). - REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#7: Defines minimum benefits in the Exchange shall not include abortions (with exceptions).- REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

Cosponsored Amendments:

#1: Prohibits CMS from making coverage determinations using Comparative Effectiveness Research solely on the basis of cost. - REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#2: Adds a section to establish universal access programs to improve high risk pools and reinsurance markets. - REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter

#3: Adds a section on interstate purchasing of health insurance. - REJECTED by Pelosi and Slaughter


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