Statement by Rhett Buttle, senior advisor to Small Business for America’s Future and former Director of Private Sector Engagement in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C., March. 22, 2021—On the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tuesday, we want to acknowledge that this landmark legislation was a huge step forward in providing critical access to quality healthcare coverage for small businesses owners, their workers and communities. But more work needs to be done.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on how our healthcare system and economy are intertwined and revealed significant problems that must be addressed to help the country rebuild. While the American Rescue Plan makes important improvements to healthcare, it has become clear we need systematic change to increase accessibility and relieve the burden of soaring costs for small business owners and their workers.
Small Business for America’s Future’s recent national survey of small business owners finds the exorbitant cost of providing health insurance to their employees is the biggest challenge small business owners face, and they overwhelmingly want the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to take action to relieve the burden.
There are 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S., and they employ 60 million people. Collectively they create 66% of new private-sector jobs. How much more could they do if freed from the crippling costs of healthcare? Healthcare costs are causing small businesses immense financial pain and as a result they are open to a broad set of solutions. It’s time policymakers take decisive action to help our Main Street entrepreneurs.
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About Small Business for America’s Future
Small Business for America’s Future is a national coalition of small business owners and leaders working to provide small businesses a voice at every level of government. We’re committed to ensuring policymakers prioritize the nation’s 30 million small businesses to create an economy that works for them, their workers and their communities. Visit www.smallbusinessforamericasfuture.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. #SmallBizAF.