WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2013) – Today, as the federal government enters its first shutdown in 17 years, the non-partisan American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 165,000 businesses across the county, released a statement deploring the political distraction. Co-founder and Director of Media and Communications for ASBC David Brodwin said:
For the U.S. to have a sustainable economy, healthcare spending will have to be radically reduced. Currently our health care spending exceeds 16% of GDP; that’s at least 50% more than what most other developed countries spend, and many of these countries enjoy better health care outcomes while spending much less.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a vital step toward getting our health care costs down. It’s not perfect, but let’s not let an unrealistic demand for perfection get in the way of progress. We must push ahead with the implementation of ACA and fine tune it as needed. At the same time, the government has important work to do to keep the economy moving forward. We can't afford the pointless disruptions caused by a government shutdown. We can’t accept the damage that a shutdown will inflict on profitability and jobs.
Later this month, the American Sustainable Business Council will host more than 100 of its members at an event entitled, “Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy,” in Washington, DC, October 22 to 24. Members will meet with administration officials and members of Congress during the two days and urge them to refocus on investing for innovation, jobs and a sustainable economy.
The American Sustainable Business Council and its member organizations represent more than 165,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 300,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and investors. The council includes chambers of commerce, trade associations, and groups representing small business, investors, microenterprise, social enterprise, green and sustainable business, local living economy, and women and minority business leaders. ASBC informs and engages policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy. www.asbcouncil.org