NFIB President Comments on Final Day at the Supreme Court


National Federation of Independent Business President and CEO Dan Danner today released the following statement concerning the final day of oral arguments in the organization’s legal challenge to the federal health-care law:

“Today, lawyers for NFIB and 26 states will go before the U.S. Supreme Court and argue that, because the so-called ‘individual mandate’ is unconstitutional, the entire health-care law must be struck down.

“Sometimes, Congress writes laws in such a way that the laws can stand even if one provision is removed, but that isn’t what happened with the president’s health-care law. It was written in such a way that it’s all or nothing. If the Supreme Court agrees that the provision requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional, then the entire health-care law collapses.

“The upside to this is that Congress will have the opportunity to do it again and do it right. We’ll have the opportunity to pass a health-care law that makes health insurance more accessible and more affordable and isn’t unconstitutional.”

NFIB, with 350,000 small-business members nationwide, is the only business group to join 26 states in challenging the president’s health-care law. Oral arguments began Monday.

Keep up to date with NFIB’s historic week at the United States Supreme Court here:



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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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