Small Businesses Go to Capitol Hill in Support of Health Care Reform

    On Tuesday, November 3, in Washington, D.C., more than 130 small business owners from 25 states, gathered on Capitol Hill and at the White House to urge that Congress reform health care.

    Needs of Small Business Take Center Stage at Health Care Hearing

    On October 20, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and ranking member Sen. Olympia J.

    Small Business Groups Aim to Make a Difference in Health Care Reform

    While both organizations agree on most aspects of health care reform, they do differ on one key aspect: the public option. While the Main Street Alliance believes it is a critical component, the Small Business Majority does not, though the group does think reform would be better with a public option.

    Here's a look at each organization and their approach to health care reform.

    Main Street Alliance

    Public Option Takes Center Stage in Healthcare Debate

    On Tuesday, September 29, the Senate Committee on Finance voted against creating a government-run public option as part of healthcare reform. The vote came following an emotional debate that lasted more than half the day, the Los Angeles Times reported. However, though the public option was voted down in the Senate committee, it is still possible for a public option to be included in the final draft of healthcare legislation, the Times reported.

    Booksellers Urged to Contact Lawmakers About Health Care Reform

    As the debate over health care reform heats up, this week, in an e-mail from CEO Oren Teicher, the American Booksellers Association called on member booksellers to contact their elected representatives to let them know that they support health care reform. Noting that health care reform is a critical national issue, Teicher wrote: "As you know all too well, unless measured and effective health care reform efforts are undertaken, the escalating costs of a broken system will only make a crisis situation even more critical."

    President Obama Urges Congress to Move Forward on Health Care Reform

    In an address before a joint session of Congress, on Wednesday, September 9, President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to put aside partisan rancor and come together to help finalize a bipartisan health care solution. "The time for bickering is over," the president said. "The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do."

    ABA Health Care Legislation Survey Results

    Here's a look at some of the data compiled from last week's survey of ABA member booksellers regarding health care reform.

    This information, as well as additional comments provided by survey respondents, will be very helpful to the ABA Board of Directors as it considers how it might advocate for health care reform on behalf of independent booksellers. In addition, Bookselling This Week will continue to cover the ongoing story of health care reform.

    Sen. Landrieu Urges Health Care Reform to Address Needs of Small Business

    On Wednesday, July 29, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) joined Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) at a press conference to discuss the effects skyrocketing health care costs are having on small businesses.

    ABA Board Seeks Bookseller Input on Health Care Reform

    At its summer meeting, the American Booksellers Association's Board of Directors discussed the ongoing national debate regarding health care reform, and how ABA might play an advocacy role on behalf of independent booksellers. Following its discussions, the Board concluded that it needed more information from member stores.

    President Addresses Criticism of Health Care Reform Efforts

    Health Care Reform Bill Introduced in the House

    On Tuesday, July 14, Democratic leaders introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives comprehensive health care reform legislation. The bill, America's Affordable Health Choices Act, was introduced against a backdrop of ongoing public and political debate over policy, legislative details, and cost. Meanwhile, House Republicans announced this week that they would be introducing an alternative health care reform bill, which, they contend, will be less costly than the legislation introduced by their Democratic colleagues.

    The Health Care Beat: This Week's Developments

    With Congress scheduled to recess in just a few weeks, lawmakers have continued to focus on health care reform.

    Here is a look at some of the latest developments:

    Health Care Report Reveals Problems With Status Quo

    Congress, voters, and the President all continued to focus on the issue of health care reform this week, and a major player in the political debate -- the Obama administration -- issued a report on how the escalating costs of health care adversely affect small businesses.

    Health Care Debate Rages in Washington

    With President Obama pressing Congress to draft viable and fiscally prudent health care reform legislation by October, the debate over how to reform health care has intensified.

    Legislation Introduced in Senate to Make Healthcare Affordable for Small Businesses

    This month, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation to make health insurance more available and affordable for the employees of small businesses and for the self-employed. The legislation, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), S. 2795, is sponsored by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Norm Coleman (R-MN).

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