AAMA Joins National Coalition Calling For A
Fresh Start To Health Care
November 24, 2009
Representing its members' long-term business health, the American
Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has joined Start
Over! - a national coalition to defeat the health care reform legislation
currently under review in the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3962 on November 7
with 220 ayes to 215 nays. On November 21, the Senate's cloture
on the motion received a 60-39 vote to move the debate to the entire
Senate. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill within two months.
"We need health care legislation that focuses on reducing costs.
We want Congress to start over and get health care reform right,"
says AAMA's president and chief executive officer, Rich Walker.
AAMA has provided its members with contact information to reach
their legislators, including thanking those in Congress who voted
Per a recent statement by the National Association of Manufacturers
(NAM), "The Medicaid provisions included in the bill would
mean that states will be forced to make drastic budget cuts or increase
taxes on businesses and individuals. In total, the legislation raises
taxes by $493 billion."
According to NAM, the new legislation would impact small businesses
organized as "S" corporations with a new surtax on wage
income, an excise tax on health insurance plans, and additional
fees would apply for other specific industries. "The bill also
falls short in its lack of any meaningful limits on medical liability,"
Walker says. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also
limits the use of flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and includes
a government-run "public option" that will further shift
costs onto private insurance, raising costs for employers.
Walker explains, "We believe that the proposed legislation
places heavier demands on both small business owners and large employers
with increased regulations, taxes and associated costs. Many of
these companies already are struggling in the economic downturn.
We expect this legislation would deeply and negatively affect our
members' future, which directly affects their employees' health
To amplify its members' voices, AAMA has partnered with the following
- Associated Builders & Contractors
- Associated General Contractors
- Independent Electrical Contractors
- International Foodservice Distributors Association
- International Franchise Association
- National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
- National Retail Federation
- Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
"Together, we are urging Congress to remedy the current bill
and pass health care reform legislation that truly reduces costs,"
Walker emphasizes. "We need to alleviate the weight carried
by private purchasers and employers that sponsor health insurance
coverage for their employees, not add to their burden."
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