Recruiting over 200 small business members from across New York City in just three months, new coalition is building momentum for comprehensive health care reform that works for small businesses
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AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE FALL VICTIM TO
THE ECONOMY, LOSING JOBS AND HEALTHCARE COVERAGE, SMALL
BUSINESSES HARDEST HIT BY HEALTHCARE CRISIS TAKE ACTION
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT TO MARK FORMATION OF MAJOR
SMALL BUSINESS COALITION FOCUSED ON
NEW COALITION MADE UP OF NEW YORK SMALL BUSINESSES TO SEEK REAL SOLUTIONS
Recruiting over 200 small
business members from across New
York City in just three months, new coalition is building
momentum for comprehensive health care reform that works for small businesses
Woodside, New York.
Make the Road New York's Small Business United for Health Care Reform Coalition
will publicly announce its formation THURSDAY DECEMBER 11th at 12pm
as a new voice for New York small
businesses committed to addressing the state and nation's current health care
crisis. Small businesses are among
the groups hardest hit by this
crisis, lacking the numbers to spread risk or bargain for lower prices. Though businesses have been typecast as opponents
of health care change, Small Business United for Health Care Reform has found
strong support among locally owned small businesses for rapid action on the
health care front. Small Business United for Health Care Reform will work with
business owners to ensure that their voices are heard in the public debate over
"Small businesses are the engine that drives the U.S. economy," said Carmen Ledesma, owner of Parisien
Salon in Woodside, Queens, "but when it comes
to health care we're the ones getting driven into the ground." Ledesma added,
"It's small businesses that are going to pick us up out of this recession. But to make that possible, we need a fix to
the broken health care system that works for small businesses, our employees,
and the communities we serve."
What: A small
business response to current healthcare crisis:
announcement of the launch of a new, formidable small business coalition that
will act as a voice for small businesses on health care issues.
leaders from all around New York City
will talk about their experiences trying to access or losing health insurance
for themselves and their employees, the effect of this on their businesses'
bottom lines, and their ideas for a healthcare solution that will work.
Leaders will call
on New York
and national legislators for action.
business leaders who have formed a formidable healthcare coalition of over 200 new small business members in just three
months. Event speakers will include
local small business owners.
December 11th 2008 at Noon.
Where: Small Business Hair Salon - Parisien Salon 50-15 43rd Ave. Woodside,
New York (7 Train to 52nd St)
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.