As President Obama attempts to inject some clarity into the national health care reform debate, small business owners remain concerned over how the proposed legislation will affect their bottom line.
On September 9, the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce hosted a conference to discuss what impact the current health care reform proposals may have on local businesses.
Guest speaker Richard Sanders, director of the healthcare practice group at the law firm of Balch and Bingham, said 2009 has been a very busy year in health care reform.
“Since the end of July, things have changed dramatically,” he said. “Things seem to be occurring on a day to day or even an hour to hour basis.”
Sanders attributes the frenzy to a “perfect storm” in Washington. With President Obama determined to sign health care legislation by the end of the year and with the Congress firmly under Democratic control, timing has never been better to enact health care reform, Sanders said.
With three bills currently under debate in the House and two competing proposals under review in the Senate, the final version of health care legislation remains to be seen.
What is clear though is that whatever form it takes, its impact on businesses is likely to be significant.
For the full story, see the Sep. 16 edition of the Barrow Journal.