Some of Kennedy’s Health Care Ideas ‘Just Don’t Work,’ Says Black Chamber of Commerce Leader

By Nicholas Ballasy | April 15, 2009 | 6:57 PM EDT

( - Harry Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, told that some of the policy ideas floated by Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy (Mass.) over the years “just don't work.”
In particular, Alford referenced Kennedy’s idea to require companies employing over 100 people to provide medical insurance for them. He said that such a policy would only cause the companies to get rid of employees so they would have less than 100 workers.
Alford’s comments were made after a press conference at the National Press Club, where he spoke about a new unionization proposal sponsored by Senator Kennedy. 
Below is the full transcript of the interview: “Ted Kennedy is the sponsor on the Senate version of the bill, a lot of other Democrats and the press conference I was telling you about with Martin Sheen and Bradley Whitford was actually in Kennedy’s office.”
Harry Alford: “Yeah, I love Ted Kennedy. I love what he stands for, but he has come out over the years with some ideas that I think just don’t work. I remember his office called me and they wanted to – any business that had over 100 employers would have to have medical insurance for all the employees. And he was aiming this at fast food chains. And I said, all the McDonald’s and Burger King owners are going to do is make sure he doesn’t have 100 employees because he can’t afford it. You can’t make him do this. They’ll be fewer jobs.”