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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

NJ Dems Reject Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005

The House passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005 last week, 263-165.
The act would allow small businesses and self-employed workers to band together through a trade or professional association to negotiate lower health insurance costs for participants. Small business health plans would operate under the same rules as federally regulated large corporate and union plans that provide group health insurance to all participants regardless of where they live.

New Jersey companies pay more for their employee's health insurance benefits than those in any other state and last year small businesses in the state saw their health insurance costs increase 12 percent. In an effort to make New Jersey more affordable you would think all New Jersey House members would have voted in favor of this legislation. The act was endorsed by the major small business advocacy groups and yet, the majority of Democrats in New Jersey’s congressional delegation voted “nay” on the bill. (See chart below.)

While Jon Corzine campaigns for Governor touting he will make New Jersey more affordable, his party is voting against making health insurance more affordable for the self-employed and the employees of small businesses. Corzine would prefer the taxpayers of New Jersey foot the health insurance bill for the small businesses he selects under his proposed Corzine Care.

Jon Corzine’s campaign isn’t about making New Jersey more affordable; it’s about transferring costs from one group to another and the cost of health insurance is just one example. The Democrat congressmen, save one, have voted the Corzine party line. Thankfully, the Republicans, joined by Rothman, have voted for the best interests of the people in New Jersey. Unfortunately, this is just one more example of Democrats voting against the interests of the people they are supposed to represent.


At 12:01 AM, Blogger DrDiSaia said...

Does this surprise you? A democrat votes for another government program. They will manage healthcare for you.

If they improve your ability to barter for your own well-being, then you won't need them to do it for you.

At least that's how I see it.

Nice blog,


At 10:28 AM, Blogger Eric Blair said...

No, actually this act is a bad thing. It allows "cherry picking" and demographic rating by insurance companies.

Watch what happens to rates when if this thing passes.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Eric, so the self-employed and small business owners are backing a bill that would raise their health insurance costs? Why would they do that?

The act doesn’t force people into purchasing health insurance from these group plans; it gives them more options then they have today. If people want to continue to pay more for their health coverage they can and if they want join an organization that provides access to group rates, available to big businesses and unions, they can.

We have been watching what happens to health insurance costs each year as Democrats block legislation that would enable a competitive health insurance market in the U.S. As the government has taken over more and more of the medical insurance market in the country, health care costs have soared.

Perhaps you could explain why a health insurance policy for a family of four can be purchased for $172 per month in Kansas City, Missouri and the same policy costs over $1200 per month in New Jersey? Shouldn’t the “little guy” in New Jersey matter?

It's no secret that the left-wing of the Democrat Party wishes to have government take complete control of the health care industry in the United States. Blocking access to a competitive health insurance market is just one tactic employed by liberal Democrats to realize their goal.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forget to mention the rider attached to the bill that provides an additional 300 billion in funding for the Iraq War & the creation of a cabinet level Dept. of Homeland Dominionism.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

There was no rider attached to the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005 for funding the Iraq war or for homeland security. Why would anyone post such an ill informed comment?


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