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ABC opposes President's health plan

WASHINGTON — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) says President Obama’s healthcare reforms are a “step in the wrong direction” for their lack of free-market solutions that will improve the quality and lower the costs of health insurance.

“On behalf of America’s commercial and industrial construction contractors, we believe that creating a new, government-run health insurance plan and mandating a ‘pay or play’ provision on business owners, is a step in the wrong direction,” said ABC president and CEO Kirk Pickerel. “We are eager to work with Congress to reform the healthcare system with free-market solutions because consumers are better off when there is a choice and competition.

“We believe genuine healthcare reform must include association health plans for small businesses and their employees, tax credits to help low-income workers buy insurance, expanding health savings accounts, medical liability reform that will reduce healthcare costs and ensuring patients have the doctors and care they need, and improving information technology to prevent medical errors and needless costs.”

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