Business for Medicare for All
For Immediate Release
August 23, 2019
Business for Medicare for All (BM4A) announced this week that it has hired business lobbyist Daniel Barlow as the executive director of the organization devoted to organizing the business community in support of truly reforming the U.S. health care system. The news was first reported by Politico.
Barlow served as the public policy manager at Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) for the last nine years and has worked on the national and state levels to advocate for Medicare for All-style reforms to our broken health care system.
With Barlow's hire, BM4A is also announcing a goal of signing on 10,000 business owners -- with at least one from every congressional district -- and dozens of top CEOs onto Medicare for All by Jan. 2021.
“The employer-based health insurance system hurts economic growth, suppresses wages, and creates a stagnant workforce,” Barlow said. “Options like Medicare for All don’t just improve public health, they also improve our economy. I look forward to working with businesses across the country to harness their voice in support of this pro-business approach to reforming health care.”
Barlow has worked as the policy manager and lobbyist for VBSR since 2010 and previously spent a decade as a journalist in Vermont and New Hampshire. During his tenure as a business lobbyist, VBSR successfully helped pass legislation on health care, climate change, and improving workplace practices and quality.
“As a small business owner, I personally know the negative financial impact that the private health insurance system has on our bottom line,” said Jen Kimmch, the co-founder of Vermont-based brewery The Alchemist and a business advisor to Business for Medicare for All. “Adopting a Medicare for All system would allow businesses to do what they do best – making and selling things.”
About Business for Medicare for All
We comprise business owners nationwide who believe Medicare for All must be the top policy priority of American business. We believe the profit-driven health insurance system poses an existential threat to American business. Health insurance companies lower profits and wages, harm innovation, and hamper international competitiveness. A Medicare for All system is the only business-friendly way to achieve universal health care in America. www.businessformedicareforall.org