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Carter Works to Protect Small Business Health Care

Location: Washington, DC

Carter Works to Protect Small Business Health Care

House Conference Secretary John Carter (TX-31) issued the following statement regarding House Democrats' failure to expand access to affordable healthcare for small businesses in their legislative priorities for the 110th Congress.

"I believe that our government should take steps to ensure that each and every working American receives the affordable health care they need and deserve," Carter said. "We want to make it possible for small business employers to offer the same health benefits to their workers as large employers and unions are able to offer their employees."

"It is unfortunate for small businesses that the thirty-three Democrats who supported this effort in years past and pledged to continue these reforms have put their party interests above those of small business employers," Carter said.

During the debate on H.Res. 6, the Rules Package for the 110th Congress, House Republicans offered a motion that would guarantee a House debate and vote on small business health plans later this month. Unfortunately, Democrats defeated this motion.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans who have no health insurance increased to about 46.5 million last year. The rising cost of health insurance premiums is the biggest factor in this decline and the number one problem facing small business in this country.

Approximately 60 percent or more of the working uninsured work for or depend on small employers who lack the ability to provide health benefits for their workers. These employers are denied the ability to purchase quality health coverage for their workers that compares with the benefits large, multi-state companies have been offering to their workers for decades.

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