A July 27 report from The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) finds that the health care reform outlined in draft legislation “would reduce the current burdens on small firms and their workers.” The CEA report outlines the benefits of a national insurance exchange that offers true competition between insurers, and bans both the exclusion of individuals with pre-existing conditions as well as the pricing of premiums based on health status, gender or age. The CEA report essentially confirms the findings of recent EPI research examining the impact of health care reform on small business. Combined, the CEA and EPI analyses provide a comprehensive review of the savings – in money and jobs — small businesses stand to gain under current health legislation, and show why small businesses ought to be strongly in favor of reform. –Alexander Hertel
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