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How the Insurance Industry Funded Small Business's Anti-Obamacare Message

How the Insurance Industry Funded Small Business's Anti-Obamacare Message
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The National Federation of Independent Business, a small-business lobby that opposes the Affordable Care Act, quietly cashed an $850,000 check from a health insurance industry lobby two years ago, National Journal reported on Tuesday. Advocacy groups can legally move their money in secret, but reporter Chris Frates found an expense by the insurers’ group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, on 2011 tax records that neatly matched a donation to the NFIB the same year. The NFIB has been lobbying to repeal an Obamacare tax on health insurance plans that the Congressional Budget Office has said would largely be passed on to consumers and businesses. From National Journal:

In the National Journal story, neither group comments on the $850,000, but both acknowledge working together.