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Small Business Community Looking for Clear Action to Stabilize Health Care Marketplace


Katie Vliestra


WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the U.S. Congress begins initial legislative actions to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Katie Vlietstra, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses discussed how best Congress should move forward with the replace process of the health care law.


“It is imperative that replace efforts move quickly to stabilize the health insurance market place so that the self-employed and micro-business community have access to affordable health care.


“Bottom line, an all-out repeal of the Affordable Care Act, without immediate short-term market stabilization policies, will cause chaos not just within the health care marketplace but within the US economy. The Administration and Congress can, and should, provide concrete and immediate action to alleviate the very real fear of millions of Americans that they will lose coverage and also, through action indicate how through regulation and legislation, they will create a health care system that provides expand choices for consumers, addresses issues of rising health care costs, and encourage competition, so that the self-employed and micro-business owners win.”


Vlietstra has been through two transition cycles and is well versed on how advocacy groups must recalibrate in anticipation of the Trump Administration and its proposed policies.


Vlietstra recently penned an Open Letter to the 115th Congress encouraging them to work with President Trump to bolster the economy


The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. In addition, NASE’s new health care portal helps small business owners navigate the nation’s health care marketplace. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at NASE.org


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