Without a doubt, yesterday was not the outcome NFIB hoped for. While there is disappointment, the staunch advocacy for our members has never been stronger and continues. I believe that there are no greater people than those that were bitten by the entrepreneurial spirit and work hard each day to chase the American dream. Small business owners are an essential piece in the fabric of our lives, communities and nation. Those are the thoughts I have each day as I have the honor and privilege of not only being a small part of the NFIB family, but more importantly in representing so many small business owners here in New York.
As we waited for the Supreme Court decision, I was traveling across the State talking about the Health Insurance Tax (or HIT). The HIT is a provision within the Affordable Care Act, and one of many that NFIB feels is another example of why this legislation hurts small business. I think that fact alone shows that NFIB takes nothing to chance. We were out there fighting part of legislation that within a matter of hours may or may not have still been relevant. I think that shows the NFIB spirit and commitment to our members.
In the days ahead, we will continue to be the strong voice for free enterprise and work with Congress to reform this legislation to minimize the damage, such as the Hit provision. We will work in the state capitols to make sure our members are heard as the health insurance exchanges are developed and implemented. And we will work everyday to ensure these essential men and women have less interference and more opportunities to be successful in reaching their fullest potential…their slice of the American dream.
Last night I had the opportunity to sit with Nick Reisman on Capital Tonight to discuss the NFIB reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling. You can see that here.