Small business owners thank Sen. Lincoln.

In all the clutter, a few important items need to be said about Saturday’s vote to, at least, allow the U. S. Senate to debate the most important issue of the day.


Pine Bluff, AR.—On Saturday evening, Senator Blanche Lincoln cast an important vote to allow a full debate on health reform in the U.S. Senate. In response to the vote, the Arkansas Main Street Alliance released the following statement from Leroy Hampton, owner of High Point Enterprises in Pine Bluff, thanking Senator Lincoln for standing with small businesses and moving the process forward:

“As a small business owner, I’m encouraged by Senator Lincoln’s vote to have a full and open debate on health reform in the Senate. Small businesses like mine can’t keep just waiting and praying for a solution on health care – the time has come for action. The skyrocketing costs of health insurance are putting our businesses and our ability to create jobs and contribute to economic recovery at risk. We need health care reform this year, and we appreciate Senator Lincoln’s vote to get Senators to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

“Every small business in America should be able to get health coverage we can count on without having to break the bank. But if we don’t do something now, small businesses are going to see our already unsustainable health care costs double again over the next ten years. That’s why we need Senators to forge ahead and come out with a bill that will finally make health care work for Main Street small businesses.

“To fix this problem, we’ve got to level the playing field for small businesses with the big insurance companies. Right now, they have all the power. That’s why I believe including a public health insurance option is a critical piece of reform. A public option will give small businesses new bargaining power, put downward pressure on costs, and help keep the insurance companies honest. As a small business, I have to compete every day to provide the best service at the best price – why shouldn’t the insurance companies have to do the same?

“Over these next few weeks, our Senators will have an opportunity to stand up for small businesses, not the insurance industry, and pass a strong bill that will give us more choices, lower our costs, and end unfair treatment of small businesses by the insurance industry. That’s what we need now.”


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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