Saving $$ for Small Business – Current National Health Reform Options

Small business owners overwhelmingly support smart, comprehensive health care reform that reduces costs. Now, a small business organization is releasing a report today on three different reform options that mirror current discussions in Washington. Small Business Majority is releasing research study called, “The Economic Impact of Healthcare Reform on Small Business.” The economic analysis, done by Jonathan Gruber of M.I.T., compares the impact of three different reform models on small business healthcare costs, jobs, wages and profits with that of no reform. Small business would save overwhelmingly under the reforms currently under discussion – but it is critical that small businesses are offered appropriate assistance in making sure that health care is available to all their employees.

We are getting to know small businesses here in North Carolina, and what we hear from owners and workers is echoed in this study. Small businesses desperately want reform. They want to provide decent health insurance to their employees. But they can’t do that until we can control costs, eliminate massive administrative headaches, and make sure a truly affordable option is available to all. National leaders would do well to listen to people like small business owner Lou Meyers of Durham and the other participants in our ongoing series of small business roundtable discussions on health reform. New small business roundtables are coming up in Pittsboro and Greensboro. Contact Hope Marasco at hope@ncjustice.org for more information.


  1. James

    June 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    The business owners I talk with (and I used to be one myself, with more than 120 employees in the early 90s) have little interest in offering health insurance to employees. They want to be out of the health care business entirely and would welcome the transition to a public option. So would I.

    Employer based healthcare is a fatally flawed concept. It’s time to end it. Most small business owners seem to agree.

  2. Kimberly

    June 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I am a small business owner and I completely agree with you. I had to fire all employees around 2000/2001 because I couldn’t afford to pay benefits and overhead. I can’t afford to expand my business at all now for several reasons. Employer based health care, and a for profit health care system, contributed largely to the national health care crisis. We need a public health insurance option that is affordable to everyone.

  3. Adam Searing

    June 12, 2009 at 10:05 am

    That’s one of the most interesting concerns we are hearing at our small business forums – that owners are sick of the paperwork and complexity of the system. Any reform better take their considerations into account, or I don’t think it will get much support.

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