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Small Businesses Still Need Healthcare Reform

Statement by John Arensmeyer, CEO, Small Business Majority: Sausalito, CA - The election Jan. 19 in Massachusetts changed the course of the healthcare reform debate. But it doesn't change the fact that healthcare is still the number one problem facing this country's 28 million small business owners, and to be able to survive and thrive, they need comprehensive reform now.    

Research we commissioned on the effects of healthcare reform compared with those of the status quo shows that, without reform, small business owners will pay as much as $2.4 trillion over the next decade, and small business employees will lose $834 billion in wages, due to high healthcare costs.  

There are myriad options for moving forward, and we are committed to working with congressional leaders and members of the administration to see this through in order to get small business owners the relief they desperately need. 

Small Business Majority is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded and run by small business owners and focused on solving the biggest problem facing small businesses today: the skyrocketing cost of health coverage. We speak for the nearly 28 million Americans who are self-employed or own businesses of up to 100 employees. Our organization sponsors scientific research that guides us to understand and advocate on behalf of the interests of small businesses across the country.

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