FALLS CHURCH, Va. - PHCC members are supporting a bill they say would make health insurance cheaper for members.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - During PHCC's recent annual Legislative Day, members visited their congressmen and senators' offices to voice their support a bill which would allow the group to offer health insurance to members at lower rates than they currently pay.

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors National Association members talked to representatives following a program featuring speakers from the House, Senate and Small Business Administration.

The first speaker, Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky.), told PHCC members small businesses pay 30 percent to 50 percent more than large companies to cover insurance costs for employees. At the same time, 8.5 million people currently are not covered by health insurance, Fletcher said.

"This bill is critically important for the economy," said Fletcher, a co-sponsor of the health care bill the PHCC supports. "It will reduce the number of uninsured and it will give small-business owners the opportunity to offer affordable insurance"

Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) presented his perspective of the construction industry, stating, "If you are in the construction industry today, you're fighting for your life."

Miller said different special-interest groups and regulations are slowing down construction projects. In some cases, situations are convincing some builders not to build because of fear of litigation, especially lawsuits involving mold.