Arguments on the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Supreme Court Begin as Small Businesses Continue to Navigate COVID-19
Washington, D.C. -Today, Small Business Majority Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer issued the following statement regarding the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to small businesses as oral arguments begin before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of California v. Texas, which challenges the validity of the individual mandate and the constitutionality of the ACA.
“As the small business community continues to navigate and fully assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must remember that the ACA is vital for entrepreneurs and their employees because it addresses two important issues: healthcare affordability and access. Indeed, more than 5.7 million small business employees or self-employed workers are enrolled in the ACA marketplaces, and more than half of all ACA marketplace enrollees nationwide are small business owners, self-employed individuals or small business employees.
During a public health crisis, preserving and strengthening the ACA is even more critical as it continues to ensure health coverage for millions of entrepreneurs who once were unable to obtain health insurance due to exorbitant costs or a preexisting condition. Moreover, self-employed individuals have been able to obtain their own coverage and avoid ‘job-lock,’ growth in healthcare costs for small businesses has slowed and Medicaid programs in most states have expanded, allowing low-income small business employees and entrepreneurs to obtain health coverage.
We strongly urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the ACA in full as it is a necessity for the success of our small business community and our economy.”
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