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 BarrassoDems force 'Medicare for All' on Americans but exempt themselves GOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Overnight Health Care: CBO predicts 15 percent ObamaCare premium hike | Trump calls Sanders single-payer plan ‘curse on the US’ | Republican seeks score of Sanders’s bill MORE (R-Wyo.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election 5 senators call for US to shutter embassy in Havana MORE (R-N.C.) and Tom CoburnTom Coburn-trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground Al Franken: 'I make fun of the people who deserved it' The more complex the tax code, the more the wealthy benefit MORE (R-Okla.) are co-sponsors.

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