MAPPS Executive Director Meets with President Obama on Healthcare Reform
Friday, October 30, 2009
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
Washington, D.C. - MAPPS
Executive Director John Palatiello met October 29 at the White House with
President Barack Obama. The meeting, which included executives of small
business associations and individual entrepreneurs, focused on the
Administration's health care reform proposal and its impact on small business.
was an honor to be invited to the White House and have an audience with the
President," Palatiello said.
a longtime and active member of the Small Business Council of the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce, has participated in similar meetings with previous Presidents. The
meeting was called by the White House to assuage frayed relations with the
small business owners and executives have questions about government mandates,
higher taxes and penalties for small business, how the health care proposal
would be paid for, and the precedent a "public option" or government
competition in health insurance, will set for other industries and
professions," Palatiello said. "It was gratifying to hear the President
address these issues."
"A great many MAPPS members are deeply
concerned about unfair government competition with private business. Already
this year, we have seen the federal government get into the banking business,
the auto-making business, the car dealer business, the student loan business,
and insourcing Defense contracting activities currently performed by private
firms. Now the government is going to compete with private insurance companies.
Small business owners are asking, 'am I next'?" Palatiello said.
"MAPPS is continuing to work with Congress and the Administration to point
out the fact that a capable and qualified private geospatial community is alive
and doing as well as can be expected in the current recession. We also continue
to point out that the health care reform bills in the House and Senate
currently lack a provision implementing a coordinated, strategic approach to
GIS for health care applications," Palatiello said.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of
private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information
systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire
spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite
and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography,
LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image
processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also
includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware,
software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United
States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members
are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession,
or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for networking and
developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education,
public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image