Small biz group in Pa. "hopeful" for Affordable Care Act repeal
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 01.19.17
(Harrisburg) -- A group that represents small business owners in Pennsylvania is hoping to see a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The Pennsylvania chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business says it wants wholesale changes.
The NFIB was one of the leading groups to oppose the Affordable Care Act at the start.
But with Republicans in control of Congress and Donald Trump moving into the White House, Suzanne Stoltenberg with the group's Pennsylvania chapter says it's looking forward to the future...
"I have examples of people who have to pay $12,000 to $14,000 in deductibles. Well that's really not insurance at all. That's just a catastrophic plan alone," says Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg says a replacement plan should address the cost-drivers in health care. She points to medical malpractice reform, a popular reform in conservative circles. However, authors of the definitive study on the topic say the "the amount of defensive medicine is not trivial, but it's unlikely to be a source of significant savings."
Stoltenberg says a replacement plan should include more options for small business owners who want to help their employees with health care costs, along with a reduction in administrative paperwork.
"We definitely as an association representing small business, would like Congress not to just tinker with it," she adds.
But repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut more than 670,000 low-income people off of health insurance through the Medicaid expansion, and leave the emergency room as their only option.
When asked what she would say to people who would be hurt by a repeal, Stoltenberg said it's hard for her to address those the federation does not represent.
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