Faithful Health Blog readers will not be surprised by the arguments — nonetheless, for those few who aren’t regular readers, here’s a link to my op-ed in today’s Boston Globe that outlines our best case for the House-approved payroll assessment on employers who don’t provide health insurance to their workers. Cooked it up on Thursday when we heard that business groups were readying a $200K campaign against the House plan. Best defense is a good offense, or is the other way around? Hmmmm….
Anyway, the new business coalition is on the radio with a constant stream of ads on august stations like oldies 103. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.unhealthyreform.com/
(At least someone in the coalition has a sense of humor.) Interesting that while they call themselves the coalition for real reform, all that’s really pushed on the site is their opposition to the House payroll assessment. “We’re for real health care reform. Not an unrealistic payroll tax.”
Also missing from their radio ad is any recognition that the assessment would only affect businesses that provide none or little coverage for their workers. Listening to the ad makes it seem the assessment would levy new costs on all employers.
Anyway, here’s your Latin phrase of the week:
Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
(I think some people in togas are plotting against me.)