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  • Subcommittee Examines Declining Number of Small Practice Physicians and Whether ObamaCare Accelerates the Trend
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, under the chairmanship of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), held a hearing on the reasons for a changing health care industry that is seeing more doctors leave small practices to join larger medical practices or hospitals. “It has become expensive and burdensome to run a small medical practice and many doctors are opting for larger health arrangements,” said Chairman Coffman. “As Washington considers implementation of the heal... Read more

  • Graves: We’re Exhausting All Measures to Remove This Law, Because It’s a Barrier to Job Growth
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement after voting for the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079): “The President’s health care law is making it harder for small businesses to hire. The Democrats claimed the small business health care tax credit would help small firms deal with the burdensome requirements of the law, but a recent GAO report found that it has been grossly ineffective. Despite an aggressive outreach effort from the White House,... Read more

  • Graves Disagrees with Supreme Court’s ObamaCare Ruling, Writes Letter to President Obama
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling of the constitutionality of the health care law: “The health care law is a great burden for small businesses, and our economy as a whole, at a time when we try to rebound from a recession. This law has been a strain on the private sector, contributing to an unemployment rate that has been at least 8 percent for 40 consecutive months. Although the President himself promoted... Read more

  • Ellmers Requests Update From Sebellius on Health IT Safety Concerns
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Technology

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), inquiring about whether the Department has adopted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for improving the safety of health information technology (IT). The report, issued in November, recommended several steps to be taken by HHS and called for greater oversight by the public and private sectors. The IOM... Read more

  • Associated Press: Obama's Health Care Aid to Small Firms Disappoints
    Posted in Articles on May 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Oversight

    Obama's Health Care Aid to Small Firms Disappoints By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar It seemed like a good idea at the time. But a health insurance tax credit for small businesses, part of President Barack Obama's health care law that gets strong support in public opinion polls, has turned out to be a disappointment. Time-consuming to apply for and lacking enough financial reward to make it attractive, the credit was claimed by only 170,300 businesses out of a pool of as many as 4 million potentially ... Read more

  • 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