After years of work, on March 23rd, 2010 President Obama signed into law historic health reform legislation that will provide small business owners and our communities lower costs, greater choices, and more stability.
The work of small business owners was integral in this victory. Five years ago, small businesses owners in Washington state – fed up with their lack of representation in Olympia and DC – formed a coalition, under the name the Washington Small Business for Secure Health Care Coalition, to give small businesses a more powerful voice.
We made a big impact. During the debate, we held numerous meetings with members of Congress to educate them on the priorities of small business owners, and we were frequently sought after opinion leaders in the media, with high-profile coverage in MSNBC, NPR, and countless other media outlets. While the US Chamber of Commerce was funneling millions in insurance industry dollars into attack ads against reform, it was real small business owners from our coalition who brought a fresh, constructive voice to the debate and commanded the attention of lawmakers.
But, we’re not done yet. Last week, Senator Patty Murray joined business leaders from our coalition to announce the formation of the Main Street Alliance of Washington. We’re building off our coalition’s success in health reform to bring a permanent and influential voice for small business owners on a range of public policy issues affecting our businesses and our communities.
It’s a new name, but the same passionate committed business leaders working strategically to build vibrant small businesses and strong communities.