By Julian Pecquet - 05/23/11 05:59 PM EDT
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 BarrassoMcAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Goonies, Pokemon and ‘transsexual shake’ speak to raucous scene at convention GOP passes rules vote over outcry from Trump opponents MORE (R-Wyo.), Richard BurrRichard BurrThe Trail 2016: Putting the past behind them The Hill's 12:30 Report Burr pledges to retire after one more Senate term MORE (R-N.C.) and Tom CoburnTom CoburnRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight The Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him MORE (R-Okla.) are co-sponsors.
Correction: The bill does not allow self-employed Americans to deduct healthcare costs, as stated earlier.