Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale is heading to Washington D.C., and it’s not to try to woo President Obama away from his Fran’s. Hall wrote in an e-mail that she was one of the small business owners chosen for a roundtable with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Care Reform. Hall is making a push for public health insurance, and speaks from the perspective of a small business owner who actually offers it. Here’s some of what she wrote on the CR blog:
“We have 51 employees here at Cupcake Royale, and as a company, we spend almost as much on insurance as we do on rent for all three stores. That’s pretty nutty. And if things don’t change, it’ll only get worse. Insurance rates continue to climb, (ours just spiked 40% - neat!) and small business owners are being forced to purchase plans with inadequate coverage, or to drop their policies completely, adding to the millions of already uninsured and underinsured Americans. Those who continue to fork it over to private insurance companies are giving out a good chunk of dough in some pretty tough financial times. Clearly, none of this is good for anyone.”
Want to learn more? She’ll be representing this group.