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Press statement

For Immediate Release: 6.14.2012

Plurality of Texas Small Business Owners Want Healthcare Law Upheld; Only a Third Want it Overturned

June 14, 2012 – Nearly half (48 percent) of small business owners in Texas want the healthcare reform law upheld—either as is or with minor changes—while only 36 percent want the Supreme Court to overturn it, according to opinion polling released today by Small Business Majority.

The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision any day in the case against the healthcare reform law, filed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and state attorneys general. However, once small business owners in Texas learn more about the law, their support for keeping it intact—either as is or with minor changes—rises to 54 percent, while opposition falls to 32 percent.

“Contrary to popular belief, small business owners in Texas do not want the high court to throw out the Affordable Care Act,” said John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority. “They see this law as helping everyone have coverage and bringing down healthcare costs—something that has been one of their top concerns for years. We hope Supreme Court justices understand how important this law is to small businesses who need relief from high healthcare costs.”

Key provisions of the law also have strong small business support, including one of the most crucial components for small businesses—the health insurance exchanges. The Affordable Care Act calls for exchanges—online marketplaces where small businesses can pool their buying power when purchasing coverage—to be up and running in every state by 2014. Nearly two-thirds, or 62 percent, of owners in Texas say they would use their state exchange or consider using it to provide their employees with health benefits. What’s more, the majority of entrepreneurs find potential features of the exchange very appealing, including employee choice (74 percent), the exchange educating employees about plans (71 percent) and the exchange providing plans that offer prevention and wellness programs (68 percent). And a majority (59 percent) support Texas applying for federal funds to set one up.

“We’re incredibly proud to be able to offer insurance to our employees, but if the healthcare law is overturned we’d be priced out entirely. That would be unacceptable after struggling to provide it for more than 16 years,” said Larry Emerson, co-owner of Results Video, Inc. in El Paso, Texas. “I hear a lot about small businesses wanting this law struck down, but that’s not true for me and it obviously isn’t true for many of my fellow entrepreneurs. I sincerely hope our Supreme Court justices listen to what real small businesses are saying about this law and uphold it. Going back to the status quo would be unthinkable.”

Other key findings from the poll:

To read the full report go online to http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/healthcare/small-business-owners-views-on-aca.php

To schedule an interview with John Arensmeyer or a small business owner in your area, call or email Erin Musgrave at (831) 477-0453 or emusgrave@smallbusinessmajority.org.


Who is the Small Business Majority?

Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners, to support America’s 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with our rapidly growing network of small business owners across the country to ensure their voices are an integral part of the public policy debate. Learn more about us on Wikipedia and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also host the Health Coverage Guide, an independent, unbiased source of information for small businesses about health insurance.

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 more than 30 working from our 11 offices in Washington, D.C. and 9 states, with a network of more than 45,000 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.


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