Small Business Victory Against Single-Payer Health Care

Single-payer health care bill stopped in New York

NFIB members and small business owners in New York City have won a victory in the fight against single-payer health care. The New York Health Law, that would establish a government-run, single-payer health care system in the state, advanced by the New York State Assembly’s health and codes committees, but advocacy by the NFIB and landlords small businesses succeeded in preventing the bill from receiving a floor vote in the State Assembly or the State Senate.

“Legislators across New York State have heard the message loud and clear: $250 billion in new taxes and a health care system run by Albany bureaucrats is not the answer,” Ashley said. Ranslow, director of the NFIB in New York State. “Small businesses have faced unprecedented economic challenges over the past two years: from business closures and state-imposed COVID-related restrictions to soaring inflation, record high gasoline prices and widespread labor shortages, Main Street is at breaking point. Small business owners want quality, affordable health care, but New York’s health care law would create a devastating and costly system with the costs borne by hard-working small business owners. Many legislators have heard the voice of small business and have wisely backed down from this legislation.

The NFIB launched a statewide radio and online ad campaign to educate the public, elected officials and small businesses about the bill’s pitfalls and the costs to taxpayers. Millions of New Yorkers have heard and seen the NFIB advertisements, and hundreds of small business owners have reached out to their elected leaders to let them know how important the New York Health Law is for small businesses.

California small business owners won a similar victory in their fight against the legislation. Introduced last year, Assembly Bill 1400 called for making California the first state in the nation to institute a comprehensive, single-payer health care system that would have excluded all others (private insurance, Medicare, Medi- Cal, Tri-Care). The California State Assembly Appropriations Committee estimated that AB1400 would cost the state between $314 billion and $391 billion. The leader of the bill could not find the votes to pass AB 1400 and removed it from consideration before the vote.

“Proponents of single-payer health insurance often argue that it’s small business-friendly reform. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the NFIB needs to be the voice of real small business owners on this issue,” said Federal Government Affairs Director Mitch Relfe. “Bad laws often start at the state level and are then imported to Washington. For this reason, the single-payer shutdown in New York and California is a critical victory for small business owners across the country.

Small business owners continue to face the challenge of providing affordable health insurance coverage to their employees. Since Affordable Care Act (ACA), for employers with less than 50 employees, the average employee-only premium increased by about 50% and the number of small businesses offering coverage fell to 31%. Despite these challenges, more than 75% of NFIB members indicated they reject a single-payer approach in a recent membership vote.

The NFIB encourages Congress to consider innovative approaches to reducing health care costs within the existing model of private health insurance. In addition to protecting the health of their employees, small business owners use health insurance benefits as a tool to recruit and retain great talent. For far too many small business owners, providing health insurance just isn’t affordable. But rather than focusing on private sector cost reforms, a government-run system is often offered as the only solution.

The NFIB will continue to be the voice of small business by monitoring and opposing future government-run, single-payer health care bills that raise taxes and make providing health insurance more difficult, if not impossible. , for small businesses.

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