U.S. Senator Fears Healthcare Bill Could Be
"Fundamental Threat" to Small Businesses
March 19, 2010
As President Obama's healthcare bill nears its final stages and
could possibly be passed as soon as this weekend, one U.S. senator
has said he fears it could have a negative impact on small businesses
across the nation.
"I'm real concerned about this bill because of a fundamental
threat it would make to small businesses," said Sen. David
Vitter (R - La.).
Vitter, who addressed the 2010 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference
of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, explained that
the bill mandates that small employers would have to provide healthcare
coverage to their employees-or pay a fee of $750 per employee per
year to the government. However, the national average for costs
of healthcare for small businesses per employee is $6,100, according
"Millions of employees are going to be dumped off coverage
they're reasonably satisfied with," he said.
Vitter predicted the bill will pass at least before the Easter recess.
Some in the contract glazing industry have also spoken out about
the healthcare bill. As Ed Zaucha, chief executive officer of contract
glazing firm APG International, told USGNN.com, "APG - International
(like the majority of union construction companies) provides full
health care coverage for its employees. We strongly believe that
is the responsible thing to do. No employer, regardless of how small,
should be exempt. As an employer, accepting a $750 fine would be
a fraction of what we pay for our employee health care coverage,"
says Zaucha. "The problem of the uninsured in the United States
is pervasive and must be dealt with. We should not have a health
care bill with thousands of exceptions. I strongly believe that
health care in the United States must be approached similarly to
public education and that is that each community has an obligation
to make sure that every citizen is covered by a basic healthcare
coverage. Like public education, there are individuals who would
like something better and, accordingly, they should be permitted
to purchase better coverage (just like private education options)."
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