MN Hospitality Advocate

Democratic House Leadership Releases Health Care Bill

Posted in General Advocacy, Health Care Reform, Lodging Issues, Restaurant Issues, Uncategorized by hospitalityminnesota on October 31, 2009

House Democratic leadership released its new version of health care reform Thursday, with debate to begin on the House floor next week. A vote on the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) is possible next Friday, Nov. 6, but Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has also advised representatives that votes could be possible on Nov. 7, 9 and 10.

The National Restaurant Association remains focused on a small business exemption, part-time worker exclusion, protection of ERISA, a 90-day grace period for new hires, as well as a favorable modification of the definition of a “full-time employee” from someone who works more than 30 hours per week on average, to someone who works more than 390 hours in a calendar quarter (13 weeks). We have developed a summary analysis of the new House bill which provides further information on these areas of focus.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sent a public option provision to the Congressional Budget Office for scoring this week. It will take at least another week before he will receive a response and be prepared to release the Senate text. Leader Reid does not yet have 60 votes for a bill and conversations continue with moderate Democrats about the bill.

David Siegel, CAE, IOM
Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations


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