Business, Once An Ally, Now Stands Against Republicans On Health ReformThe Wall Street Journal reports that big business, a longtime ally of Republicans in the health care reform fight, is feeling distance from the party over soaring costs and their bottom lines.
"But the health-care debate, in particular, casts a spotlight on the split in the longstanding alliance between economic conservatives and the business community. Republican lawmakers are digging in to oppose the overhaul effort as a big-spending government intrusion. Many companies, on the other hand, cite soaring costs to explain why they continue to back the congressional work under way to revamp the health-care system, despite misgivings over a range of provisions."
Although many business interests over the summer rejected the House Democrats' health overhaul legislation, which includes an employer mandate to provide coverage, "companies have been far more receptive to the plan released last week by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. The Baucus bill, which the committee is now busy amending, wouldn't include an employer mandate. It proposes a national exchange where individuals and small businesses could purchase insurance" (King, 9/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.