Mixed messages on health reform from reactionary business groups
Health reform is dead according to several business groups known for opposing everything that is good and just in our society.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council say comprehensive changes won’t pass this year.
Then the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council should stop sending out petitions and press releases about trying to kill health reform. If it’s dead, stop bothering.
The group sent out a statement on Sept. 25 that began:
Health care bills are moving through Congress that include new taxes and mandates on small business owners.
So now the bills are moving again? I’m confused.
On Sept. 24 the National Retail Federation sent out a statement that began:
The National Retail Federation today asked the Senate Finance Committee to reject an amendment to its health care reform bill that would replace the measure’s conditional “free rider” employer mandate with a full-scale pay-or-play employer mandate approved this summer by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
And the U.S. Chamber is releasing information every day and is mobilizing against an “employer mandate.”
Why do these groups care what’s written on a dead letter? This thing is gone. Call off the lobbyists. Ever day Americans will take it from here.