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BIPARTISAN HEALTH PLAN GETS SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Small businesses and the jobs they create will not be endangered if a bipartisan health reform plan lauded by the National Federation of Independent Business becomes law, according to NFIB.
 The measure was introduced today by U.S. Democratic Reps. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Charlie Stenholm and Mike Andrews of Texas, Lewis F. Payne of Virginia, Pete Peterson of Florida and Republicans Fred Grandy of Iowa, Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin, Dave Hobson of Ohio, Ron Machtley of Rhode Island and Scott Klug of Wisconsin. It includes President Clinton's six reform principles but does not place the burden for funding on businesses.
 Representing more than 600,000 small and independent firms, NFIB is the nation's largest small-business advocacy organization. While encouraging Congress and the White House to reform health care, the organization has said it will oppose any legislation which seeks to force employers to provide coverage.
 "There is no doubt that small-business jobs will be lost if employers have to foot the bill," NFIB Vice President John Motley said. "This plan preserves a competitive health insurance marketplace while making sure that all Americans have access to quality care."
 Motley said the plan would stabilize the insurance process, reduce costs and most importantly, dramatically increase the number of insured Americans. It would achieve major advances in health care financing and delivery without increasing taxes on individuals or small businesses.
 The issue of job destruction has prompted NFIB to challenge White House claims that most U.S. employers provide health insurance for their workers. The organization contends that such claims misrepresent the impact that a government health imperative would have on employment and small-business startups.
 Specifically, NFIB supports the following reforms: the formation of health care purchasing groups, insurance and malpractice reforms, cost- sharing, tax code improvements for self-employed business owners, incentives for preventive care and greater accountability, low-income assistance and data-gathering on price, quality and care outcomes.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Hill or Angela Jones of the National Federation of Independent Business, 202-554-9000/


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