The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has small business advocates expecting policy changes on issues like health care and the environment. But they’re concerned about gridlock persisting even with a Republican president and Congress.
Advocacy groups expect Trump to start working toward at least modifying President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, and undoing environmental regulations. They’re generally upbeat that bipartisan support for small business issues like access to federal contracts will continue. But some question how campaign rhetoric will translate into concrete steps.
“What we don’t know is whether or not there is a sincere interest in supporting small and medium-size enterprises in this country — rebuilding Main Street, rebuilding manufacturing,” says David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council.
They’re also wondering whether Senate Democrats will try to slow the GOP agenda.
“Since you need 60 votes to do anything of any consequence there, it’s hard to see how it will happen,” says Todd McCracken, CEO of the National Small Business Association, referring to how it takes that many votes to end Senate debate on legislation.
Here’s what some groups expect on major topics:
Trump has vowed to repeal the health care overhaul, something Republicans in Congress have failed to do so far. Whether Democrats in the Senate could block a repeal is unclear, as is what would replace it.
“We don’t think (a repeal) would be realistic. Many small businesses have gotten coverage they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise,” says John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, which has supported the law.
McCracken believes changes to the health care law could be stymied if they’re opposed by the health insurance industry, which has a powerful lobbying presence.
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