HHS Ignores Congressional Inquiry Into SHOPs While Small Businesses Continue To Suffer Under Obamacare
HHS Ignores Congressional Inquiry Into SHOPs While Small Businesses
Last month, Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to update Congress about the Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program (SHOPs) enrollment progress. The state-run SHOPs are off to a very sluggish start, and there is no data available for the federally-run program. The Administration has released the overall enrollment numbers for the health law, but hasn’t disclosed any information about enrollment via the SHOP exchange run by the federal government. Graves’ letter requested the enrollment numbers by last Friday, but the Committee has not received a response.
Because we are a small manufacturer in Massachusetts, we already have the highest health care costs in the US. The ACA has made things exponentially worse. It has slowed economic growth considerably and completely hampered our ability to hire new people.
Nancy Williams (Cheshire, CT) Harkness Industries, October 22, 2013
I have a small manufacturing business in Virginia. I have always offered health coverage to my full time employees… The cost for coverage went from $37,850.00 per year to $188,000.00 per year – almost a 500% increase. I can't afford to pay this amount!... We are a small group of people that like working together and the ACA law could have significant negative effects on my people and company. What are small businesses to do? We had good coverage and were able to barely afford it, now it is out of our hands!! and out-of-control!
David Carpenter (Wytheville, VA) Southwest Specialty Heat Treat, Inc., September 10, 2013
Recognizing the importance of entrepreneurs’ feedback in the process of shaping the very policies that will help determine their business sustainability and growth, Chairman Graves launched Small Biz Open Mic in September of 2011.