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Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR), I write to urge your support for H.R. 2, the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” and H. Res. 9, legislation instructing certain committees to report legislation replacing the health care law. All votes involving H.R. 2 and H. Res. 9, including procedural votes, will be considered “key votes” for NCCR. By way of background, the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of both chain restaurants and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s largest and most respected quickserve and casual dining companies. The National Council of Chain Restaurants is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group. www.nccr.net NCCR has long supported reforms to our nation’s health care system that would bring about lower costs for patients and for employers who provide insurance coverage to their employees. We have advocated for solid policy changes in this area. Unfortunately, last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will result in dramatically increased costs to employers in the chain restaurant industry. For example, PPACA’s definition of full time employee, for whom employers must provide health insurance coverage, is 30 hours per week, which stretches beyond credulity most Americans’ understanding of the term “full time.” This definition will do great harm to the chain restaurant industry and our thousands of small business franchisees. The chain restaurant industry has extraordinarily thin profit margins compared to most other industries, and the burdens imposed by PPACA will result in large-scale shifts in our workforce and the elimination of thousands of jobs. We therefore support the effort to repeal PPACA. However, repeal of PPACA is not the end of the story. Congress must refocus its efforts on enacting measures to lower costs in the short and long term, and we will be looking to support those efforts wherever we find them. As we noted in our letter from last March opposing passage of PPACA, we continue to stand at the ready to work with you and your colleagues on bipartisan health care reforms that address the enormous growth in health care costs. I thank you for your consideration of our views. Sincerely,
M. Scott Vinson Vice President
National Council of Chain Restaurants Liberty Place 325 7th St NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20004 202.626.8183 202.626.8185 fax www.nccr.net