"It's puzzling that elected officials, who promote themselves as business-friendly, would endorse repeal."
On Tuesday, January 3, as the US Congress convened, a group of Iowans gathered for a roundtable discussion on the devastating effect repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on small business, seniors, health care providers and, in fact, all citizens.
The event was held at Palek Studio and Gallery in Des Moines with two additional Iowa Main Street Alliance members speaking:
Mike Draper, owner of Raygun spoke about his experiences after testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee back in 2009. He discussed access to health care as being a necessity for all and the disaster repealing the ACA would have on small business: from lowering the customer base due to discretionary spending being limited to being able to access affordable insurance policies for business owners. He finds it puzzling that elected officials, who promote themselves as business-friendly, would endorse repeal.
Claudia Hawkins of Hawkins and Hawkins Consulting related her experiences, including the ability to purchase health insurance through the exchange as a self-employed business owner. She also touched on the issue of tax credits and the use of Navigators to help guide them through the process.