Ten Principles To Reform Health Care System
The National Federation of Independent Business on Wednesday unveiled 10 principles tooverhaul the health care system, CQHealthBeatreports. The principles -- which were developed after consultation with healthexperts from across the political spectrum -- include universal and affordablehealth care, NFIB President Todd Stottlemyer said (Straus, CQ HealthBeat,12/12). However, the group said it opposes the creation of a single-payersystem, instead favoring private insurance with a government safety net to helpthe neediest
The group also expressed its opposition to proposals that require businesses toprovide insurance for employees or pay into a fund for the uninsured. NFIB in astatement said that a "health care system built on employer mandates or onpay-or-play taxes is unacceptable." Susan Eckerly, a vice president forNFIB, said that business mandates "are the No. 1 job killer for thesmall-business owner" (Freudenheim, New York Times, 12/13).
The group believes that portability in health insurance is an important reformto health care. Potential entrepreneurs might not be able to launch a businessif they feel tied to a job because of the health insurance, NFIB spokespersonStephanie Cathcart said. In addition, the group said that the
In related news, NFIB announced that it has joined with the Lewin Groupto conduct a research initiative on policy options and preferences of smallbusinesses about health care,Cathcart said (CQ HealthBeat, 12/12). Also on Wednesday, Mercerreleased a survey showing that 23% of small employers and 25% of largeemployers with 500 or more workers support pay-or-play proposals (NewYork Times, 12/13).
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