Patients bill of rights legislation threatens to increase the liability employers face, and the increased risk of lawsuits will drive many small business owners to drop coverage altogether, says Dan Danner, NFIB's vice president of Federal Public Policy.

The No. 1 reason small businesses don't provide health coverage is cost, says Danner. Lawsuits would raise costs even more. forcing many small employers to stop offering coverage. Raising the cost of health care is the wrong medicine for the wrong ailment, at the wrong time.