Madison (November 14, 2013) —The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today reacted with disappointment to President Obama’s proposed solution to the wave of cancellations in the individual insurance market that has left many small business owners without coverage.
“The President basically said that the train has already left the station but if it comes back you can have your old seat,” said NFIB Wisconsin Director Bill G. Smith. “This doesn’t restore the coverage that many Wisconsin business owners have already lost and it certainly does nothing to preserve coverage for people whose policies might still be cancelled.”
Obama famously promised dozens of times that Americans who like their insurance can keep it. That promise has fallen apart in recent weeks as millions of people, including small business owners, have been notified by their insurers that their policies have been cancelled. In response, the President today said that his administration would allow insurance companies to renew those cancelled policies for one year.
“Insurance companies are very unlikely to renew policies for another year that have already been cancelled and which won’t be legal for much longer,” said Smith. “Beyond that, the President failed entirely to address the main concern for small business owners, which is the runaway cost of health insurance.”
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of insurance has risen in most states according to most analyses. That wasn’t supposed to happen according to the President, who sold his program based on the promise that it would reduce the cost of insurance for most Americans.
“That’s been the most disappointing broken promise,” said Smith. “The cost of insurance has been a top concern for small businesses for decades and the ACA has made that problem worse. Now many Wisconsin small business owners are losing their coverage and they’re discovering that the replacement cost under the law is even higher than it was previously.”
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