Retailers: ‘A lot of work ahead’ for health care reform

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Vice President for health care policy Neil Trautwein, following the Congressional Budget Office’s release of its latest score for the American Health Care Act. The score measures the bill’s potential to affect the total number of people with insurance coverage, the increase or decreases in the federal deficit due to the bill, and other measures over the next decade:

“The release of the official score on the House-passed American Health Care Act clearly shows that there is a lot of work ahead. Nothing in health reform is ever easy. But, we are still encouraged by the prospects for relief from the ACA's unnecessary compliance burdens. Hopefully, all sides will continue to focus on building a health care system that works best for retail employees and employers.”

About NRF
The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.