The national dialogue over health care reform is becoming increasingly shrill and polarized. Opponents and advocates of current bills are squaring off, and town halls are turning into shouting matches. It’s as if whoever can scream the loudest wins. The current “discussions” regarding health care are becoming increasingly less healthy. Like so many national issues, it seems the extremists on both sides are grabbing the headlines and threatening to derail the process of finding productive solutions that the majority of Americans say they want.
For small business owners, two things are clear when it comes to health care:
1) The current bills contain measures that are very troubling for small business, and 2) The status quo is not sustainable for small business either. But our choices aren’t accepting potentially crippling mandates in the current bills, or doing nothing and continuing to watch our health costs increase by double digits. There are hundreds or even thousands of solutions to the health care crises. However, finding a balanced solution that will best serve and satisfy the vast majority of stakeholders will take opening our minds, listening to each other, accepting that it can’t be all or nothing, and working together to find innovative and comprehensive solutions that will cure our health care woes without killing our small businesses.
I encourage you to join in the dialogue as we work together to find health care solutions for ourselves, our children and future generations.