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A baker, who discriminated against a gay couple, is very happy that U.S. Supreme Court will hear his case, lawyer says

ColoradoPols.com

Tim Gaudette, Colorado Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority, said via a news release: “Americans overwhelmingly oppose policies that allow businesses to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse for discriminating against LGBTQ persons, including 65 percent of Colorado small business owners, according to a Small Business Majority scientific opinion poll.”

Responses to the Senate version of the American Health Care Act

The Washington Post

I am troubled by the fact that Senate Republicans have been working on their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors.

The ACA helped small business owners like me offer better, less expensive health-care coverage to their employees. Before the ACA, my business saw annual double-digit premium increases, and, as a result, we had to ask our employees to cover more of the cost. But once the law’s provisions went into effect our rates began improving substantially. Now we have more options when it comes to insurance carriers and health plans, but that will...

Business owners increasingly wary of GOP's Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort

CNBC

But as Republicans have struggled to gain broad support for a health-care overhaul, fewer small-business owners are looking at the issue in partisan terms, said John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority. "They're looking at it in terms of how it impacts their lives."

The reality is that the ACA has helped many small businesses afford the costs of employee health-care coverage.

Kris Kleindienst, longtime owner of St. Louis, Missouri-based Left Bank Books, said the business has always offered full coverage to its 12 full-time...

Replacing ACA isn't answer

Crain's Cleveland Business

Anthem, one of Ohio's major insurance providers, recently announced its exit from the state's insurance marketplace, which would leave 18 counties without a coverage option under the state's Affordable Care Act marketplaces. This should come as no surprise, as the administration's efforts to undermine the ACA have left insurance companies with few options, and this is harming our small businesses.

The uncertainty surrounding ACA repeal and the White House's refusal to commit to reimbursing insurance companies for cost-sharing subsidies will undoubtedly...

Reader Feedback: Repeal of Obamacare could be bad for business

Denver Business Journal

Value at run time: The Congressional Budget Office reevaluated the American Health Care Act last month and confirmed that millions of people would lose coverage if it becomes law. I’m worried I’d be expected to lose coverage if the ACA is repealed and what that would mean for my business. Until recently, my husband was hoping to leave his job with employer-sponsored coverage to join me at my business. But he, my daughter and I all suffer from pre-existing conditions, and we won’t be able to afford our medication without his insurance or the ACA. Under the replacement plan, states would set...

Small businesses don't need another healthcare overhaul

Southern Maryland News

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office revised their estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and confirmed the concerns many have about the legislation: that millions of people would lose coverage if it becomes law. As a small business organization, we know that the replacement plan will be especially bad for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the Affordable Care Act, especially those with pre-existing conditions.

In fact, polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA...

Entrepreneurs don’t want another health care overhaul

Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announced plans to exit Missouri’s insurance exchange last month, which would have left 25 counties without an insurer in the Affordable Care Act marketplace if Centene Corp. hadn’t stepped in ("Clayton-based Centene to enter Missouri exchange market ," June 14).

However, this decision by Blue Cross Blue Shield should be no surprise, as the administration’s efforts to undermine the ACA have left insurance companies with few options, which is bad news for our small businesses. The uncertainty surrounding ACA repeal and the White House’s...

GOP plays chicken with healthcare and small business pays the price

The Hill - Blogs

The Republican Party’s healthcare game is a long con. For six years, conservatives demonized the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without offering a viable alternative. Then, when they gained control of Congress and the White House, they came up with the disastrous American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would strip 23 million Americans of their health insurance.

The cynic in me believes this deeply unpopular proposal is part of a plan to play chicken with our healthcare system, allowing Republicans to finally destroy their ACA nemesis. Unfortunately, this reckless strategy is unfolding at...

Lawmakers must not undermine health care act

Cincinnati Enquirer Online, The

Last week, one of Ohio’s major health care providers announced its exit from the state marketplace. I am an entrepreneur and a mother and grandmother of two Type-1 diabetics who rely on affordable care, and I'm worried about how this will impact my family and Ohio’s small business community.

While the administration will point to this as a sign of the Affordable Health Act's impending failure, their refusal to commit to insurance reimbursements and the uncertainty surrounding repeal is what has destabilized the marketplace. That’s why I urge lawmakers to work to strengthen...

GOP Efforts to Destabilize the ACA are Harming Small Businesses

The Huffington Post - Blog

Whether or not Republicans eventually succeed in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is increasingly obvious that the debate over the future of healthcare is creating so much uncertainty that irreparable damage may have already been done to the ACA. And even if the Republican replacement for the ACA, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), does become law it might end some of the uncertainty but it won’t bring any relief as 23 million Americans would lose their health coverage by 2026, while 54 million people would experience market destabilization through...

Out Of Work And Looking For Insurance: COBRA May Be The Best Bet For Now

Kaiser Health News

Such a move could have a chilling effect on people who dream of starting a business, said David Chase, vice president of national outreach at Small Business Majority, an advocacy group.

Before the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014, researchers estimated that 1.5 million people might join the ranks of entrepreneurs in 2014 alone, because they would no longer have to worry about being turned down for coverage on the individual market.

Another concern for would-be entrepreneurs is that the Republican bill would allow insurers to charge older people premiums that are as...

Report: ACA results in ‘substantial coverage gains’ in California

MultiBriefs

"The drop in uninsured among entrepreneurs and small businesses through the ACA is a massive number," said Mark Herbert, California director of Small Business Majority, a national advocacy group, on a CLRE media teleconference.

In Lynwood, California, Kateri Gutierrez, 24, co-launched Collective Avenue Coffee in October 2015.
"Without the Affordable Care Act, I would not have insurance today, and I would not be in business for myself," Gutierrez said on the CLRE call.

Anthem leaving Ohio's insurance market: Letter to the Editor

cleveland.com

This week, Anthem, one of Ohio's major insurance providers, announced its exit from the state's insurance marketplace, which would leave 18 counties without a coverage option under the state's Affordable Care Act marketplaces. This should come as no surprise, as the administration's efforts to undermine the ACA have left insurance companies with few options, and this is harming our small businesses.

The uncertainty surrounding ACA repeal and the White House's refusal to commit to reimbursing insurance companies for cost-sharing subsidies will undoubtedly...

Small businesses in clean energy sector still hope for best

Associated Press

But the Small Business Majority, which has supported limits on greenhouse gas emissions as a way to help the environment and the economy, said the U.S. needs government policies that "promote the development of renewable energy and the implementation of energy efficiency standards."

"America's entrepreneurs understand that the future of our economy and the job growth associated therewith depends upon policies that move us forward, not backward," says John Arensmeyer, the group's CEO.

Repeal of ACA would hurt small businesses

Longmont Daily Times-Call

As a small business owner who has greatly benefited from the Affordable Care Act, particularly the expansion of Medicaid, I am troubled by the Congressional Budget Office's recent evaluation of the replacement plan. The CBO score confirmed the widespread concern that millions would lose coverage if the American Health Care Act becomes law.

My young business consults with treatment agencies for drug and alcohol addiction, and provides education on paying for these services through Medicaid. The expansion of the Medicaid program under the ACA has provided a whole new area of...

New Research Shows Obamacare is Crucial to California’s Small Businesses

Medium.com

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have spent years pleading their case against the healthcare law, making claims that it is bad for small businesses because it supposedly stifled job growth and increased costs for small firms. A new report, however, proves such arguments are flat-out wrong through hard data showing the ACA is critical to the success of California’s small businesses.

A data brief released recently by UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education shows just how much the ACA has helped many California small businesses, self-employed entrepreneurs and...

CBO Score Says AHCA Will Leave 23 Million More Uninsured

Steelers Lounge

The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. Said Price: "The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare's effect on cost and coverage, and they are wrong now". The fact that Republicans want to enact a policy that will strip health care coverage from millions of people is upsetting, but it's not exactly new information. "This means many small firms would close up shop while others would never get off the ground", said John Arensmeyer, founder of Small Business Majority,...

Local businesses take part in health and wellness challenge

KODE-TV Online
Topics:
Wellness

"It also focuses not just on physical activity, but on the employee as a whole and on the employer as a whole, so you can also get points for drinking eight glasses of water, or meditating," said Mary Overbey with the Small Business Majority.

While it is a competition, pitting teams in Joplin and Springfield against teams from the St. Louis area, Overbey says there aren't any losers here.

Trump’s budget cuts would create more barriers to small-business success

Westfair Communications Online
Topics:
Healthcare, General Small Business, Access to Capital, Entrepreneurship

President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 would hit small businesses hard. If enacted, the plan would slash Medicaid, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund — all programs that small businesses depend on.

The most egregious cut in the White House’s proposal is the gutting of Medicaid, a program that delivers health coverage to millions of small-business employees nationwide and self-employed entrepreneurs. In fact, Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act grew the number of small-business employees...

Sunsetting online enrollment means fewer health care options for small businesses

Westfair Communications Online
Topics:
Healthcare

We are very disappointed the Trump administration recently announced they are proposing to sunset online enrollment for the federal Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces. If the proposal is finalized, after Nov. 15 small businesses would only be able to window-shop for SHOP coverage through Healthcare.gov and would instead have to enroll by using a broker or buying directly from an insurance company. Forcing small employers to make this extra effort just to enroll in SHOP will make it likely that SHOP usage dwindles to little or nothing.

As disappointing as...

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