A great update from NARI about the Merkley Amendment being taken out of the final draft of the health care bill!
From the NARI newsletter:
“With vote on the bill imminent, NARI reissued a Call to Action in early March urging NARI members to again voice concern and opposition to the Merkley amendment, which unfairly mandated remodeling/construction contractors with five or more employees to provide health insurance coverage. No other industry with this employee threshold was required to do so. On March 21, the House passed the bill, and we learned that the Merkley amendment had been removed from the bill prior to passage on the basis that enough elected officials heard from contractors who voiced opposition. To our knowledge, NARI is the only association that identified this onerous amendment and expressed opposition.”
You can read the rest of the newsletter, concerning NARI’s appeal to the EPA to delay the implementation of the new lead rule here: NARI Leaders Deliver Appeal on Capitol Hill