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  • Graves, Snowe Request GAO Study on Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, Report Proves Ineffectiveness
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) today issued the following statement on a GAO report they requested, which shows the ineffectiveness of the health care tax credit for small businesses: “As we honor America’s small firms during National Small Business Week, it is discouraging that so many small companies are still burdened by compliance with the health care law,” said Congress... Read more

  • What Small Businesses Are Saying on the Second Birthday of ObamaCare
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Don’t expect any champagne corks to be popped anytime soon. American small business owners have been loud and clear about their displeasure with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the onslaught of employer mandates and taxes associated with it. Our Committee has held three hearings on how PPACA is affecting small businesses. Here is what we heard: Matt Tynan, Secretary and Treasurer of Tynan’s VW, Nissan, Kia in Aurora, Colo., said,“Instead of trying to do the best by our... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in Politico: What Small-Business Owners Want to Hear in State of the Union Speech
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health, Energy, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Contracting, International Trade, Oversight

    What Small-Business Owners Want to Hear in State of the Union Speech By Chairman Sam Graves January 23, 2012 What do small-business owners want from the government? The short answer: Move out of the way. Eight out of 10 small-business owners say they want the government to stay out of the way instead of providing a “helping hand,” according to a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey. Eighty-six percent said they would rather have more certainty than more assistance. As President Barack Obama g... Read more

  • Small Businesses: American Economy Headed In The Wrong Direction
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Small Businesses: American Economy Headed In The Wrong Direction WASHINGTON— In the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s latest Small Business Outlook Survey, only 10% say the U.S. economy is headed in the right direction. The quarterly surveys are designed to track the small business community’s outlook on their business, the local economy, and the national economy over time. Small business owners are polled nation-wide, and respondents include U.S. Chamber members and non-members. Highlights of The Smal... Read more

  • Coffman: PPACA’s Medical Loss Ratio is Bad Policy and Bad for Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Small Business Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Coffman (R-CO) today held a subcommittee hearing to examine new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) and its effect on job creation. Some have argued that the MLR requirements will ensure that customers receive the most value for their premium dollars. However, insurance agents, many of whom are small business owners and whose customers are often sm... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: ObamaCare Insurance Regs Raise Costs, Kill Jobs
    Posted in Articles on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Oversight

    ObamaCare Insurance Regs Raise Costs, Kill Jobs By Conn Carroll, Washington Examiner A small business health insurer broker testified today that Obamacare's Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) regulations has cut his revenues, forced many of his competitors out of business, and may end the small business insurance broker industry entirely. "This situation is not sustainable for much longer. I have, thus far, been able to hold on, but many thousands of other agents all across the country who are also worki... Read more

  • The Hill: Rep. Ellmers: Reform law may hamper small insurers
    Posted in Articles on August 30, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Hill: Rep. Ellmers: Reform law may hamper small insurers August 30, 2011 By Sam Baker The Health and Human Services Department hasn’t adequately addressed the needs of small insurance companies — and small employers — as it implements the healthcare reform law, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) said in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Ellmers, who chairs the House Small Business Committee’s healthcare subcommittee, said HHS deserves credit for giving states significant flexibility over... Read more

  • Congressional Quarterly: GOP Lawmaker Wants Changes in HHS Rule for Health Exchanges
    Posted in Articles on August 30, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    GOP Lawmaker Wants Changes in HHS Rule for Health Exchanges By Emily Ethridge, Congressional Quarterly August 30, 2011 A House subcommittee chairwoman is urging the Obama administration to clarify its proposed rule on the health care law’s state insurance exchanges to prevent small businesses from being unduly burdened and to keep small insurers in the market. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled in July a proposed rule for the state-run exchanges, which will begin operatio... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in the Washington Examiner: If they like their health care, can small businesses keep it?
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 17, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    If They Like Their Health Care, Can Small Businesses Keep It? By Chairman Sam Graves August 17, 2011 When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, into law last year, he promised the legislation would increase access to and affordability of health care. He touted Obamacare as a job creator and a way to reduce our deficit. He said it would help small-business owners afford coverage for their employees. And, despite the tidal wave of new mandates and r... Read more

  • Small Business Subcommittee Chairwoman Renee Ellmers To Deliver Weekly Republican Address
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Technology

    WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced yesterday that House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) will discuss Republicans’ job creation plan in the party’s weekly address on Saturday, June 25. “As Washington remains focused on the economy, the House of Representatives has led Congress in passing legislation that unleashes the power of our nation’s job creators and provides a more certain environment for private sector... Read more