The NFIB - National Federation of Independent Business - is a small business trade association.
Small businesses, something I know a great deal about, with 30 years of experience working with small business owners.
Honestly, if Liberal Democrats believe their own propaganda, they are even dumber then, well, the NY State Republican Party apparatus. and that's saying something. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I don't belong to a political party).
According to the smear campaign against the National Federation of Independent Business, or NFIB, small businesses are thrilled with the Affordable Care Act and the trade group betrayed the 300,000 companies it represents. Among the dozens of media outlets publishing anti-NFIB op-eds disguised as reporting, Reuters recently asked in a headline, "Who truly speaks for small businesses?" The question mark was superfluous.
To the extent this passion play with the NFIB as Judas has any grounding in reality, the claim is that Mom and Pop shops will benefit from ObamaCare's subsidies. But among the four million small businesses eligible for new tax credits if they provide health insurance for their workers, a mere 170,300 have signed up.
And if the NFIB is as unrepresentative as liberals claim, then why have its ranks grown by 5% since it became a plaintiff in the ObamaCare suit? The charge is especially rich because NFIB regularly polls its full membership to inform its Washington agenda, something few trade associations do.
NFIB's members have ranked controlling health-care costs as their top priority every year since . . . 1986. Some 65% believe ObamaCare will do the opposite and 77% believe it will result in a higher tax burden, which are among the reasons the group joined the suit. One in five small businesses believes it'll be forced to alter the benefits it offers employees.
In a June 11 interview with Iowa's KTIV news station, President Obama was asked about a specific small business that was forced to close shop as a result of Affordable Care Act regulations. "Yeah, that would be kind of hard to explain," he nonresponded, going on to claim that "the only folks that have been impacted in terms of the health-care bill are insurance companies." The President may be in more denial than NFIB's critics.
On another planet, I'd say.