Yesterday, President Obama signed the Senate’s version of the health care bill into law. The next step is for the Senate to pass the Reconciliation Package which passed out of the House earlier this week.
The Reconciliation Act of 2010 contains increased penalties for non-compliance and requires employers to include part-time workers when determining whether their company qualifies as a small business. The Senate is currently debating the bill and will begin considering amendments shortly before voting on the bill. As you may recall, the bill only needs 50 votes (with Vice-President Biden as the tie-breaker) for passage.
Please contact your U.S. Senators TODAY to voice your opposition to H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010. Click here to send a personalized email to your senators or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to the legislative assistant handling health care in your state’s senate offices. Phone calls, e-mails and faxes all work!
If you prefer to call your Senators, please use the following talking points provided by the National Restaurant Association on H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010:
- I am calling to ask Senator _____ to vote NO on the Health Care Reconciliation bill! (H.R. 4872)
- The legislation weakens the small business exemption, imposes severe administrative burdens, & includes extremely onerous penalties on small business owners like me.
- The Senate-passed bill (H.R. 3590) included important protections for small businesses that rely on long-standing definitions of small business employment.
- The changes made by the Reconciliation bill will include part-time workers in the employer mandate and increases penalties for uncovered workers. That makes it unworkable for franchisees like me.
- I am already operating on thin profit margins and trying to do what’s right for our employees. But by imposing these onerous penalties and requiring small businesses to do this, you will add huge new costs and administrative obligations that I just can not take on, especially in these difficult times.
- Part-time employees are and have always been a large and essential component of our industry labor force. Many of our employees work for multiple employers to build a flexible work schedule, or receive coverage under another’s health plan.
- I fear this new cost & burden will prevent us from maintaining and creating the jobs our economy needs to recover and the jobs that my business can provide.
- I ask Senator ____ to Vote No on Health Care Reform Reconciliation!
Time is running out! Please do all that you can to protect your business from this harmful legislation!