On the eve of the Supreme Court’s ruling on ObamaCare, and with the Justices now presumably beyond political pressure, the liberal intimidation campaign has moved on to other targets. The latest is the small business lobby for having dared to join 26 states in challenging the law.
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.
The chairmen of the House Progressive Caucus, Democrats Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, chimed in with a letter accusing the NFIB of acting against “the best interest of small business owners” and “the popular opinion of the American small business community.” They suggest Karl Rove is behind the suit, as he is everything else.
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.