Senior Editor, Digital Content, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
February 11, 2017
Small business owners are speaking out as the debate over major health care law changes heats up in Washington.
At a CNN-sponsored health care debate, LaRonda Hunter, a Texas small businesswoman who owns four hair salons and employs 45-48 people, asked Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) how her business could grow when it couldn't afford to provide her employees with health coverage:
Sen. Sanders bluntly replied, “Let me give you an answer you will not be happy with.”
While ignoring the fact that Ms. Hunter had fewer than 50 employees--meaning she doesn't fall under the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate--Sen. Sanders seems to think small business owners like her have a secret pile of money they can go to when expenses go up. That’s simply not the case.
While watching the exchange, I recalled reading about Ms. Hunter’s predicament in The New York Times in 2015:
Growing her business and hiring more workers still isn’t in the cards for Ms. Hunter two years later, and unfortunately Sen. Sanders had no answer for her.
Congressman this week also heard from a business owner who explained that Obamacare’s failure to curb rising health care costs is holding back small businesses from hiring, the Washington Free Beacon reports:
That would be a good start in making health coverage more affordable.
About the authors
Sean writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for free enterprise to succeed, he raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state) and religiously follows the Green Bay Packers.