Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chamber of Commerce Urges Start Over on Healthcare

Surprise! The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sides with republicans. At 6:45 pm eastern, Obama will meet with business leaders. Obama is also meeting with trade representative Ron Kirk:
We strongly urge you to avoid the punitive approach taken by the House and Senate-passed bills and instead focus on a fresh approach that places top priority on immediately reducing the cost of care and coverage for all.

We hope that the summit creates a foundation for the development of an authentic bipartisan approach which reflects the strategies discussed above. Health care reform which gets it right is vital to job creation and long term economic growth.


Geoffrey Burr, Vice President-Government Affairs
Associated Builders and Contractors

Stephen E. Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer
Associated General Contractors

Brian Worth, Vice President for Government & Public Affairs
Independent Electrical Contractors

Jon Eisen, Senior Vice President-Government Relations
International Foodservice Distributors Association

David French, Vice President-Government Relations
International Franchise Association

Jay Timmons, Executive Vice President
National Association of Manufacturers

Jade West, Senior Vice President-Government Relations
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

E. Neil Trautwein, Vice President-Employee Benefits Policy Counsel
National Retail Federation

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President-Government Affairs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Read the whole letter at Politico