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NASE Statement on House Health Care Vote

Thursday, May 04, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:  Kristofer Eisenla, LUNA+EISENLA media
kristofer@lunaeisenlamedia.com | 202-670-5747 (mobile)

Small Business Community Supports Flexibility, Transparency and Options to Incentivize, Not Penalize, Health Care Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the House of Representatives votes on the American Health Care Act, Katie Vlietstra, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, released the following statement:

“Although millions of American entrepreneurs and small business owners currently have health care, skyrocketing premiums and shrinking choices in the marketplace endanger future coverage.  Congress must address these shortfalls and we have a long road ahead in achieving quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We must not repeal this crucial overage without an acceptable replacement plan that ensures continual coverage for so many Americans and small businesses.

“There are real opportunities to create a health care system that is flexible, transparent and offers options for the American people. If we are to employ a large and healthy workforce, we will need a strong health care system that focuses on providing quality health care, not just health insurance. A robust health care plan should include principals that preserve key safeguards, such as the prohibition on the ban on pre-existing conditions to ensuring coverage to age 26 and lifetime coverage caps.

“At the same time, we need a health care system that incentivizes individuals to purchase health care coverage, not penalizing them for not. Whether it’s tax credits or increased Health Savings Account limits, incentivizing health care fosters morale and inspires millions of the American public to support a health care plan that works for them.

“We look forward to continuing to work with both Congress and the Trump Administration to ensure a health care system emerges that embodies the ideals important to all Americans.”


**To interview Vlietstra, please contact Kristofer Eisenla at kristofer@lunaeisenlamedia.com or (202) 670-5747 **

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The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. In addition, NASE’s new health care portal helps small business owners navigate the nation’s health care marketplace. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at NASE.org

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