Business groups split over healthcare repeal legislation

The much smaller, left-leaning Main Street Alliance issued a statement blasting the business groups' support for repealing the health insurance tax, a top priority for the insurance lobby.

"This looks like another case of small business identity theft – hiding behind small business arguments to defend big insurance profits, just like when health insurers secretly funneled $86 million to the U.S. Chamber in 2009 to fund attacks on health reform in the name of the business community," said Main Street Alliance executive committee member David Borris. "We'd like to know, are the insurance companies bankrolling this latest campaign, too?"

Kyl's bill would also repeal restrictions on high-deductible health insurance plans and flexible spending accounts. Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenators target 'gag clauses' that hide potential savings on prescriptions USPTO needs to be forced to do its job and reject bad patents Senate Dems propose tax cut rollback to pay for infrastructure MORE (R-Wyo.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica | Senators grill DHS chief on election security | Omnibus to include election cyber funds | Bill would create 'bug bounty' for State Omnibus to include election cybersecurity funds Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate Intel releases election security findings | Facebook to meet with officials on Capitol Hill amid Cambridge Analytica fallout | Orbitz admits possible breach MORE (R-N.C.) and Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnPaul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism Republicans in Congress shouldn't try to bring back earmarks Republicans should know reviving earmarks is a political nightmare MORE (R-Okla.) are co-sponsors.

Correction: The bill does not allow self-employed Americans to deduct healthcare costs, as stated earlier.