WIPP Statement on Healthcare Reform
Friday, July 31, 2009
Statement on Healthcare Reform
On behalf of the 49 organizations and over half a million business owners we represent nationwide, we believe that the need for healthcare reform has never been stronger. Small business owners have been calling for reform for many years because healthcare plans have not been affordable or accessible to them. According to a 2009 WIPP member survey, healthcare is the top concern among small business owners, with 72% stating that comprehensive healthcare reform is urgently needed. The cost of inaction is simply too great.
WIPP vigorously supports:
• The creation of a private nationwide insurance purchasing pool for small business. WIPP endorses the SHOP Act (S.979/H.R. 2360) that creates a nationwide pool for small businesses up to 100 employees.
• Tax credits for small businesses that offer healthcare to their employees.
• Rating reform and the elimination of health status for benefits rating.
• An individual mandate for health insurance coverage.
WIPP vigorously opposes:
• An employer mandate that includes small businesses.
• The taxation of employee health benefits.
We stand behind the healthcare principles contained in the Economic Blueprint – The Women Business Owners’ Platform for Growth including: 1) Increasing access to small and individual insurance markets; 2) Increasing transparency; 3) Establishing an interconnected, nationwide health technology system; 4) Increasing the number of healthcare providers; 5) Promoting healthy employees; and 6) Establishing a healthcare reform commission. Visit www.WIPP.org to read the complete Economic Blueprint.