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Small Biz Health Care Roundup - July 17th

Jul 17, 2009

Posted by Kristin Oberlander - This week's reform debate focuses on a possible tax increase for certain small business incomes and more general health care news:

  • NASE, Other Small Business Groups Write To Congress About Health Reform (NASE Staff Blog)
  • The Wall Street Journal, ReutersBloombergThe Atlantic and CNS News were just a few of many news outlets talking about the effects of a proposed income tax rate increase to help pay for the nation's health care overhaul. If enacted, the increase would apply to individuals earning $280,000 or more and to households earning at least $350,000.
  • President Obama has tapped Dr. Regina M. Benjamin (profile) to be the nation's surgeon general. (L.A. Times)
  • Last week, retail giant Wal-Mart announced its support of a reform effort that includes an employer mandate. Now, business groups are speaking out against the proposal, led by the National Retail Federation. News outlets such as Associated Press, Reuters and BizJournals.com have weighed in.
  • Members of Congress made a push to the media regarding their opinions on what a health reform package should contain. See content from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and a joint editorial by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.).
  • Middle-of-the-road Democrats are working to shape health reform. (Politico)