Last updated on: 8/30/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Dan Danner, MBA Biography

Title:
President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“For decades small business owners have been telling anyone who would listen that they need health-care reforms that lower costs. But President Obama and his allies in Congress pushed through a law that will dramatically raise health-care costs and increase the overall cost of doing business. What’s more, the federal mandate requiring that nearly all U.S. residents carry health insurance by 2014 seriously threatens our basic constitutional rights and individual freedoms…

If this law is not overturned, then all citizens should be prepared for the long arm of the federal government to reach even further into how we choose to live our lives, spend our money and pursue our own definitions of happiness.

Health-care reform is too important to be based on an unconstitutional mandate. Small businesses need the judicial system—if necessary, the U.S. Supreme Court—to overturn this law to protect them from having to pay for a statute that causes them more harm than good and ultimately infringes on all Americans’ personal freedoms.”

“ObamaCare vs. Small Business,” www.online.wsj.com, May 27, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Feb. 2009-present
  • Former Executive Vice President, National Federation of Independent Business
  • Former Vice President, Federal Public Policy, National Federation of Independent Business
  • Vice President, National Federation of Independent Business Education Foundation, 1993-1995
  • Vice President of Federal Relations, George Mason University, 1991-1993
  • Former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan
  • Former Deputy Director, White House Office of Public Liaison
  • Chief of Staff, US Seceretary of Commerce William Verity, 1987-1989
  • Former executive, Armco Inc. (steel manufacturing company)
Education:
  • MBA, Xavier University, 1971
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1968
Other:
  • Born in Middletown, Ohio
  • He and his wife Bekki have three children and live in Arlington, VA
Quoted in:
  1. Is Obamacare constitutional?