For Immediate Release: 1.13.2012
Small Business Groups File Supreme Court Brief In Defense Of Affordable Care Act
Washington, DC—National small business advocacy groups Small Business Majority and Main Street Alliance filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court today presenting a small business case for upholding the federal healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, for the country’s 28 million small businesses.
“We want to ensure the Supreme Court knows the Affordable Care Act includes a number of provisions that will help small businesses obtain more affordable health insurance,” said John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority. “The best way to serve small business owners is to help them understand, participate in and benefit from the changes already underway, not tear down policies aimed at helping them.”
"The Affordable Care Act does a lot to help small businesses,” said Jim Houser, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland, Oregon and Main Street Alliance steering committee member. “It gives us more bargaining power, it holds insurers accountable, and it makes sure everyone is pitching in. This court challenge threatens to take all that away. There are plenty of ways to move forward on making healthcare work for small businesses – throwing out the ACA and forcing us back into the same broken healthcare system we were stuck with before is not one of them."
The Affordable Care Act’s small business tax credits, state health insurance exchanges, minimum medical loss ratio requirement and other provisions offer small businesses some relief from the costs that are hindering their growth and success. Repealing the law would once again mire small business owners in a system that threatens their competitiveness, discourages entrepreneurship and makes them unable to play their historical role as the country’s primary job creators.
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About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners, and focused on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with small business owners, policy experts and elected officials nationwide to bring small business voices to the public policy table. www.smallbusinessmajority.org
About the Main Street Alliance
The Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions. MSA creates opportunities for small business owners to speak for themselves on issues that impact their businesses and their local economies. MSA members’ top priority is advancing reforms that make health care work for small businesses. www.mainstreetalliance.org
About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing America's 28 million small businesses today. Since 2005, we have actively engaged small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and have delivered information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong, sustainable economy. We are a team of 37 working from our 14 offices in Washington, D.C. and 12 states, with a network of more than 40,000 small business owners and more than 2,000 business organizations, along with a formal strategic partnership program of more than 125 business organizations, enabling us to reach more than 500,000 entrepreneurs. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about issues including taxes, healthcare, access to capital, entrepreneurship, workforce development, clean energy and immigration. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.