Meetings give NFIB/Alabama members a chance to learn more and speak out about issues that are important to their small businesses.

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Business Owners Discuss Healthcare with Members of Congress

Date: August 31, 2009


Huntsville-area members met recently with U.S. Rep. Parker Griffth (third from right).


During the August recess, several members of Alabama’s congressional delegation held several meetings with constituents to discuss healthcare reform and other issues affecting small businesses.


These meetings give you a chance to learn more and speak out about issues that are important to your small business.


During a recent town-hall meeting in Montgomery, for example, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers recognized NFIB's role in the national debate over healthcare reform.


Rogers recognized State Director Rosemary Elebash from the podium and said, “NFIB for several years has promoted crossing state lines to create an insurance pool for small business owners to make health insurance more affordable and available for small business owners." He said pools were not included in the reform legislation currently on the table, "but it should be."


“Small business is the backbone of the nation’s economy, and the current Congress is not helping them during this economic downturn," Rogers said. "In fact, they are creating [healthcare] czars, more paperwork and proposed taxes that will not help small business grow or create any new jobs.”


U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, meanwhile, met with NFIB/Alabama members at his Huntsville office.


Griffith, a retired physician, said he opposes not only the primary reform bill now on the table, House Resolution 3200, but also dislikes the other healthcare bills pending in Congress.


During the meeting, members Bob Esneault, Joe Hollingsworth, David Presley, Don Duffy, Donna Faulkner, Glenn Clayton and Allen McBride, chairman of the NFIB/Alabama Leadership Council, thanked Griffith for voting against the cap-and-trade national energy tax, which would drive up energy costs and lead to the loss of thousands of jobs in Alabama and across the country.

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