AAMA and Others Demand Congress "Start
Over!" as Heath Care Legislation is Debated
December 9, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) says
it is continuing its efforts to defeat the health care reform legislation.
AAMA was an early partner in the Start Over! coalition, which now
unites with 186 leading employer associations and hundreds of thousands
of businesses of all sizes from all 50 states.
"As part of the Start Over! coalition, we are committed to
fundamentally changing the health care system by expanding access
to coverage for all Americans, lowering costs and improving care
without shifting those costs to the private sector," says AAMA's
president and chief executive officer Rich Walker. "If this
bill passes, we expect it would deeply and negatively affect our
members' future, which directly affects their employees' health
As of last Wednesday, an agreement was reached to begin the amendment
process with consideration of the first four amendments, two Democratic
amendments related to preventive care and two Republican amendments
related to Medicare cuts. Additional amendments from both sides
of the aisle are in the queue for consideration. The Start Over!
coalition sees the process as moving slowly and is calling on legislators
to "start over and get health care reform right."
To influence the Congressional debate, the Start Over! coalition
and the Employers for a Healthy Economy recently launched an advertising
campaign. Titled "Crisis," the campaign runs on cable
television outlets in nine states. CLICK HERE (http://www.employersforahealthyeconomy.org/).
"The ad urges Senators not to pass legislation that will result
in higher health care costs, while families are struggling and our
economy slips deeper into debt," describes Jeri G. Kubicki,
vice president of human resources policy for the National Association
of Manufacturers (NAM), one of AAMA's key partners in the Start
According to NAM and the coalition's other partners, 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, as well as additional fees that would apply for other specific
Walker also notes that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act "limits the use of flexible spending accounts, falls short
in its lack of any meaningful limits on medical liability and includes
a government-run, public option that will further shift costs onto
private insurance, raising costs for employers."
"AAMA members are urged to convey their positions on this
evolving legislation to their elected representatives," adds
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