Vice President Mike Pence convened a listening session with female entrepreneurs on Monday June 5 at the White House to hear how rising premiums were affecting their businesses.
Among those in the Roosevelt Room were two NFIB/Ohio members: Kelly Moore, co-owner and vice president of GKM Auto Parts in Zanesville, Ohio, and Tracie Sanchez, president of Lima Pallet Company in Lima, Ohio. There were also three other NFIB members from across the country: Pat Felder, owner of Felder’s Collision Parts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Amy Pope-Wells, president of Link Staffing Services in Jacksonville, Florida; Gina Martin, founder and vice president of Little Rock Tours, from Little Rock, Arkansas.
“I am honored to be able to welcome you here for an ongoing discussion from some of the great women entrepreneurs across this country about the President’s determination and the need to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Pence told those gathered. “We appreciate you coming to bring your real-world experience. I look very much forward to hearing your perspective and hearing how best we can carry this message to the Congress and to the country.”
Pence shared his own experience running a small business as a radio show host. He also addressed the challenges Obamacare has presented for small business owners.
“Obamacare is putting a tremendous business [burden], as you all know, on small businesses across this country with its reams of red tape, skyrocketing premium costs, mandates, and taxes that have been costing jobs and costing growth in this economy,” Pence said during the session.
Moore shared her struggle with premiums increasing 22 percent in 2016, continuing a trend of double-digit increases for healthcare year after year.
“I have good employees,” Moore said. “I think of them as family. It was gut-wrenching to tell them that I was ending their benefit of insurance.”