Ann Sullivan, WIPP Government Relations, Participates in Senate Committee on Sm. Business Roundtable
Thursday, July 9, 2009
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Jason Lalak
WIPP GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ANN SULLIVAN PARTICIPATES IN SENATE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Washington, D.C. – July 9, 2009 – Ann Sullivan, WIPP Government Relations, participated today in a United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship roundtable entitled “Healthcare Reform: The Concerns and Priorities from the Perspective of Small Businesses.” The Committee roundtable was led by Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and other participants included Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe (R-MA) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (R-OR). Small business owners and key advocacy groups were provided the opportunity to present ideas for healthcare reform and ways to help small businesses cope with healthcare challenges.
“This meeting is the 12th meeting of the Senate Committee on Small business and Entrepreneurship that I have chaired this Congress. While the topics have ranged from entrepreneurial development to trade to lending, I continue to hear from small business owners that their number one concern is healthcare,” Chair Landrieu stated. “The cost of providing coverage is rising at an unpredictable and unsustainable rate, making it difficult for small business owners to secure stable healthcare for their employees. According to the National Small Business Association, many small businesses have reported yearly premium increases of as much as 20 percent for the past four years. Simply put, we need to reform our healthcare system to provide small businesses the opportunity to grow and prosper. The cost of doing nothing is just too great.”
For more information on today’s roundtable, including archive video and Chair Landrieu’s opening statement, please click here.
Please click here to read WIPP’s statement on healthcare reform.
Women Impacting Public Policy is a non-profit, national bipartisan group with over half-a-million members. WIPP is The Collective Voice in Washington, DC, for 48 national women and small business organizations. WIPP advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities for members and building alliances with other small business organizations. WIPP recently issued its Economic Blueprint which serves as a call to action to the Congress and Administration on the six core areas essential to women-owned business growth: healthcare, procurement, taxes, access to capital, energy and telecommunications. Visit www.WIPP.org.