Representing its members’ long-term business health, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has joined Start Over!, a national coalition to defeat the health care reform legislation currently under review in the U.S. Senate.

“We need health care legislation that focuses on reducing costs. We want Congress to start over and get health care reform right,” says AAMA’s president and chief executive officer Rich Walker. AAMA has provided its members with contact information to reach their legislators, including thanking those in Congress who voted “no.”

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the new legislation would impact small businesses organized as “S” corporations with a new surtax on wage income, an excise tax on health insurance plans, and additional fees would apply for other specific industries.

“The bill also falls short in its lack of any meaningful limits on medical liability,” says Walker. “We believe that the proposed legislation places heavier demands on both small business owners and large employers with increased regulations, taxes and associated costs. Many of these companies already are struggling in the economic downturn. We expect this legislation would deeply and negatively affect our members’ future, which directly affects their employees’ health and welfare.”

AAMA has partnered with the following industry associations regarding this effort:

• Associated Builders and Contractors;

• Associated General Contractors;

• Independent Electrical Contractors;

• International Foodservice Distributors Association;

• International Franchise Association;

• National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors;

• National Retail Federation;

• Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council; and

• U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


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