Repeals ObamaCare provisions, endorsed by U.S. Chamber, NFIB
U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) was joined today by leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB) to unveil legislation that will reduce the burden ObamaCare places on small-business owners.
The legislation, known as the Small Business Health Relief Act, repeals onerous provisions of ObamaCare that raise the price of health insurance and that especially hurt small businesses.
The bill lowers health insurance premiums for all Americans by eliminating the pass-through tax on health insurers; repeals the employer mandate, which not only requires small businesses to buy insurance, but dictates how much they must purchase; and repeals federal mandates that drive up the cost of health insurance and limit choice, as well as new restrictions on flexible spending accounts that make it harder for people to cover health-care costs not paid by their insurance plans.
"Although I remain firmly committed to full repeal of the deeply-flawed and damaging ObamaCare, the reality is that President Obama will never allow that to happen as long as he's in office," said Kyl. "That is why I have introduced the Small Business Health Relief Act, which will repeal some of the onerous and damaging mandates in ObamaCare until the Supreme Court invalidates the law or Congress and a willing president allow us to repeal it."
"The Chamber has long advocated for ways to make health insurance more affordable, to expand coverage, and to encourage individuals to consider the costs associated with their health care choices," said Bruce Josten, executive vice president for Government Affairs at the U.S. Chamber. "The Small Business Health Relief Act will advance these goals by providing small businesses and their employees some relief from the destructive fees and mandates that were enacted in the name of health reform."
"The policies in the health care law will crush small businesses with new costs and uncertainty. The small business community would like to thank Senator Kyl for introducing the Small Business Health Relief Act to help fix some of the worst parts of the law," said Dan Danner, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. "This bill addresses the top concerns of small businesses, and it will help them get back to creating jobs and investing in their business."
The bill was introduced on Monday. U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) are co-sponsors.