BOWIE, Md. (May 15, 2006) — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has added its voice to the chorus of disappointment over the Senate's May 12 failure to invoke cloture and proceed to a vote on a bill that would have allowed the establishment of Small Business Health Plans.
“There could not have been a greater grassroots effort from any coalition,” said Paul Fiore, TIA director of government and business affairs. “Unfortunately, this emphasizes the disconnect from the small business community that exists with many members of the Senate.”
Small Business Health Plans would allow small business associations to negotiate across state lines for low-cost health insurance policies for their members.