NFIB members spoke out for hundreds of thousands of small business owners at a Capitol Hill Press conference yesterday, urging Congress to reject Patients Bill of Rights legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

Richard Gallo, owner of the Office Outlet in Indiana, Pa., Lynn Scherr Bowles, executive vice president of Scherr Refrigeration in Richmond, Va., and Ann Casey, co-owner of Parcel Place in Baltimore, Md., spoke to Main Street's primary concern: the high cost of health care.

My husband and I are only two of the hundreds of thousands of small business owners and employees who would be stripped of our coverage if this bill should pass, says Casey. The only 'rights' this bill would confer on my husband and me is the right to lose our health coverage.

The press conference was sponsored by Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., and Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who have introduced legislation to expand coverage for the uninsured and improve health care quality. Another NFIB member who spoke, Gallo, said that the high cost of health care already prevents him from being able to afford coverage for his employees and family.

I am a small businessman with seven employees and a family of four children, says Gallo. The cost of providing health insurance for my employees, say nothing of my own family, is too expensive for me, so we go without. Every day I pray to God that nothing will happen to any of us.