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Jun 05, 2009

Posted by Molly Nelson - I'm not sure quite what it is about the first week in June, but for some reason Washington is buzzing with talk of health care reform.  This week I've been fortunate enough to attend two discussions on health care.

On Tuesday at the Brookings Institution I heard Christina Romer, Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, introduce the Council's new report on the economic case for health care reform.  In her comments about the report, Ms. Romer said "we examined the fact that small businesses are currently disadvantaged in the labor market because employer-sponsored health care insurance is so expensive for them. Moving to an insurance system that removes this disadvantage would be beneficial to the competitiveness of the crucial small-business sector of the economy."

And on Wednesday I attended a House Committee on Small Business hearing on finding the best reform solutions for small businesses.  Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) also remarked in her opening statement that "one thing is very clear - if we're going to fix healthcare, we have to start with small businesses."

It is exciting that not only are economists and legislators talking about health care reform, but that they are looking at possible reform measures with small businesses in mind.