Last week, NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan met with the vice president, spoke on Fox Business News, and issued an NFIB Key Vote, all in an effort to push a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan put pressure on lawmakers to take action on the Affordable Care Act last week, making stops at the White House and Fox Business News to discuss the importance of healthcare reform for small business owners.
Duggan visited the White House to consult with Vice President Mike Pence and others on healthcare reform that works for small business. She informed the vice president that small business owners need flexibility, affordability, and predictability in their healthcare options.
Following Duggan’s meeting with Pence, NFIB announced its decision to make the Senate’s vote this Tuesday on the motion to proceed to repeal the Affordable Care Act an NFIB Key Vote. “The high cost of healthcare has been a number-one problem for small business owners for 30 years. Obamacare turned that problem into a crisis,” said Duggan in a press release. “Solving that problem starts with repealing Obamacare, and we expect the Senate to do that next week.”
During each congressional session, NFIB chooses key issues that are of concern to small business owners. NFIB then monitors the votes cast by members of the House and the Senate on these key issues to track who is defending small business and how often. NFIB publishes the scores in its How Congress Voted report to hold officials accountable.
“The NFIB voting record helps our members and the public distinguish between members of Congress who say they care about small business and members of Congress who vote that way,” said Duggan.
Tuesday’s “motion to proceed” on the bill to repeal the ACA will now be tracked as an NFIB Key Vote for the 115th Congress. “Small businesses want an economic environment where they can grow and hire again and that process must start with ending the ACA’s taxes and mandate penalties,” Duggan said in a letter to senators.
Optimism among small business owners dropped last month, partially due to inaction in Washington, D.C., according to NFIB data.
On Fox Business News’ Coast to Coast with Neil Cavuto last week, Duggan put pressure on Congress by addressing how the gridlock has distressed small business owners. “When we come to these harder things like healthcare and Obamacare repeal and tax reform, small business owners want our elected officials to walk and chew gum at the same time,” said Duggan. “It shouldn’t be that hard.”