For Immediate Release: 12.2.2013
Small Business Owners Join President at White House to Talk Healthcare Reform
Washington, DC— Nine small business owners in Small Business Majority’s network joined President Obama at the White House today to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its impact on small businesses and the economy. Small business owners traveled from eight states—Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia—to stand alongside other small employers, business leaders, elected officials and advocates as the president talked about the impact the new health insurance marketplaces will have on small businesses and the self-employed.
“On the day the New Mexico Healthcare Insurance Exchange went live I went online, expecting a frustratingly long mess of enrollment tasks,” said Michael Cadigan, an attorney from Albuquerque who took time away from running his small law practice to attend the event. “I was pleasantly surprised that it took me about 15 minutes to sign my firm up for the program. Based on the estimate I received, I’ll be able to provide excellent, flexible coverage to my employees with a savings of more than $1,000 per month for my firm. Each employee was able to choose a plan that fit their needs, which is a change from our old one-size-fits-all plan.”
Last week, it was announced that the online portion of the federal small business marketplace through Healthcare.gov will be delayed a year. But until the online portion is up and running, small businesses will be able to purchase insurance through it exactly as they do now in the outside market.
“The new marketplaces can still offer the most competitive combination of price and quality for small businesses purchasing health insurance,” said Rhett Buttle, VP of External Affairs for Small Business Majority, who also attended the event. “We know from our opinion polling that two-thirds of small business owners would use the marketplace or at least consider using it, compared to a mere eight percent who say they would not. It’s important we continue educating small employers about the alternative pathways for enrolling in the marketplace so they have the opportunity to find more affordable health coverage.”
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