The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce:
- supports "legal reforms based on fairness, common sense and personal responsibility that will allow for a stable and sustainable insurance system for providers." The Senate Bill does not contain any such provision.
- supports "reforming government regulations to improve the delivery of healthcare." The Senate Bill expands the role of the Federal Government into the healthcare and health insurance industries. This expansion neither reforms regulations nor improve the delivery of healthcare.
- supports "encouraging fair and open competition." The Senate Bill attempts to accomplish this with the establishment of Federally structured "exchanges" that will require Federally mandated benefits.
- opposes "shifting a disproportionate share of the funding for the cost of healthcare in any way that would impair the health or economic vitality of the Lehigh Valley." The Senate Bill creates taxes on certain healthcare products and services which will increase the cost of healthcare. The Senate Bill requires employers to either to offer coverage to all their employees or pay a tax. There will be increased payroll taxes. These act against the notion of hiring more employees.
- opposes "unfunded and underfunded government programs and the expansion of mandated benefits, unless sufficient evidence exists demonstrating that the benefits of the mandate clearly outweigh its costs." The Senate Bill broadly expands Medicaid, which history has proven to place an additional burden on the treasury of the fifty states.
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GLVCC Healthcare Policy
CBO (Congressional Budget Office) review of the legislation http://www.uschambersmallbusinessnation.com/uploads/06-15-healthchoicesact.pdf
CBO: Senate Bill Makes 10 Million Employees Lose Coverage