Matt Towery

I have no earthly idea who allegedly represents small businesses in Washington D.C. or, for that matter, in most states, but I know one thing -- they stink at their job.

Weeks ago I noted that employees of small business, which may be classified as such but which can employ a lot of folks, were starting to receive notices that their insurance did not meet the new requirements of Obamacare and were being cancelled. Some seemed shocked to hear that this was the case, but I knew this firsthand because an entity to which I belong was one of the early victims.

This caused me to wonder, "Who was looking out for small businesses when this monster bill was passed?" The answer is likely "nobody."

Recent news stories have highlighted just how disastrous the Affordable Care Act is for small businesses and the "middle class" President Obama wooed in the '12 election. Townhall.com Senior Political Editor Guy Benson provided folks a more comprehensive glimpse into the future for small businesses in a recent report that included a poll from the AP in which more than half of respondents said that the ACA had already impacted their 2014 health care coverage, most of which included rising premiums.

The report went on to examine instances of health care nightmares in numerous states and added the fact that the small business exchange, allegedly the panacea for this chaos, has been delayed another year.

This leads back to the greater issue of the clout, or lack thereof, of small business advocacy groups and alleged friends in Washington. To quote the late Rodney Dangerfield, small business "gets no respect."

So let's see, the airlines have managed to slim down to just a handful of major carriers. The banks, who we are made to believe have been punished by Obama, got bailouts and actually have pushed their expenses to their poor depositors who can't get squat in interest. Phone companies have merged and purged, and cable providers want to find a way to have as few choices for consumers as possible.

As a result, big businesses just keep on getting bigger and their power with politicians continues to rise. Left behind are the hundreds of thousands of smaller businesses that scrap and fight to stay in business and keep their employees employed.

If the Republican Party wants to know why they keep losing presidential elections, they need look no further than to the beaten down, small business owners and employees who have been less than enthused by the grouchy and D.C.-entrenched John McCain or the silken and sashed Mitt Romney, both of whom seemed to have all the real fire and fight of an attendee at a high-end art auction.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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