Trump Health Care EO Could Have Mixed Results for Small Business

October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Molly Day

Washington, D.C. – The National Small Business Association (NSBA) has been an outspoken critic of many aspects of the Affordable Care Act and applauds President Trump’s focus on the affordability of health insurance for small businesses. However, NSBA urges caution as the Administration moves forward to reform insurance rules—to ensure that health insurance doesn’t move further out of reach for many small businesses and their employees.

Below, please find a statement from NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken.

“Health care costs continue to be one of the biggest problems facing America’s small-business owners today. The Administration focus on making health insurance more affordable is exactly the right one, but new rules in this area must be very carefully crafted to avoid actually increasing premiums for millions of workers, if healthier individuals are siphoned off into a lower-cost, benefit-light plan, leaving older, sicker people in unsustainable, costly insurance pools.

“We encourage the Administration and Congress to focus on the central issues primarily responsible for sky-rocketing health care costs: rewarding procedures instead of outcomes; hidden pricing structures; electronic records that fail to properly transport and communicate for the patient; and rampant defensive medicine.

“For decades, NSBA has called for broad health care reform that is affordable, offers universal access, promotes individual responsibility, has proper market-based incentives, improves the quality of our care and eliminates wasteful care.  The Affordable Care Act has fallen far short of such reform; unfortunately, there is a danger that new insurance rules will simply scramble the list of ‘winners and losers’ without making real progress on our fundamental health care challenges.”

Celebrating 80 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S. Please visit or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.