US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions

Senator Enzi Proposes to Overturn Job Killing Provision in Health Care Law

Wednesday, September 22, 2010Craig Orfield (202) 224-6770

Washington, D.C.   –   U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today launched an effort to allow a Senate vote on overturning a provision of the new health care law that threatens small businesses with higher health care costs, more regulation, and even loss of the health insurance many of their employees rely on. 

“Throughout the health care debate, the President continually promised, ‘If you like what you have you can keep it.’ The grandfathered health plan rule breaks the President’s promise,” Enzi said. 

Enzi is urging colleagues to demand a vote on a resolution of disapproval (S.J. Res. 39) to overturn the so-called grandfather rule in health care reform – a provision that was supposed to spare small businesses already providing health insurance to their employees many of higher costs and new mandates the law imposes. 

“An estimated 80 percent of small businesses are expected to lose their grandfathered status based upon the regulations the Administration wrote.  That means the small firms that do offer health insurance won’t be able to afford what they now provide.”

“The Administration’s grandfather rule is a job killing, wage cutting, game changer for small business,” Enzi added.  “This is not the kind of reform the people wanted.”

The Associated Builders and Contractors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Health Underwriters. the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Retail Federation, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage, the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care and International Franchise Association sent letters in support of S. J. Res. 39. 

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