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January 19, 2006

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Marc

After reading your post, I wasn't exactly sure whether you were for or against the new MA proposal, so I thought I would give everyone my take on the issue.

At least Massachusetts is a little closer to making Fair Share legislation actually "fair", by including businesses employing 11 or more employees. But it still doesn't include all employers, and larger employers have to pay a greater portion i.e. 7% for businesses with over 100 employees, and 5% for businesses employing between 11 and 100 employees.

So, while it is closer to being fair, it still isn't fair. It still leaves some without coverage (those that work for firms with less then 11 employees), and is exactly the opposite of what we should be doing. (A report out today indicates that a National Healthcare Mandate Would Push 315,000 Americans out of Work).

Instead of legislating the burden of providing health insurance coverage, for the US population on employers, we should be seeking ways to remove that burden, so that US business can become more competitive in global markets. There are many more effective ways to provide "everyone" with medical care, without burdening business with that responsibility.

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