NJ Dems Reject Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005
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.