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Senate’s latest stab at health care reform blasted by small business group

Real Vail

The Small Business Majority, a group representing 55,000 small business owners, blasted the new bill because it includes a proposal from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that allows insurers to sell health plans that don’t comply with the ACA – a move they say would destabilize markets by creating unbalanced risk pools and potentially stripping insurance coverage from 1.5 million people with pre-existing conditions.

“This would make it even harder for those who have health conditions to start new businesses, while entrepreneurs with pre-existing conditions who are already up and running may...

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Public comment closes, wait begins for decision on national monuments

Nevada Independent

Ten Obama-era monuments are estimated to have contributed $156 million in direct and indirect impacts for local economies, according to a report from the advocacy group Small Business Majority last year.

GOP Health Bill Eases Rules For Some Small-Business Plans

Kaiser Health News

“Some small businesses might be able to move into these plans and save money, but that will cause rates to go up for others [with older or sicker workers],” said David Chase, vice president of national outreach for the Small Business Majority, which supports the ACA.

Letter: Ohio needs the Fairness Act

The Columbus Dispatch

State lawmakers recently reintroduced the Ohio Fairness Act, which would prevent employers from discriminating against members of the LGBTQ community. This bill will level the playing field for all businesses and help foster an inclusive business environment in this state, which is a win-win for everyone. I am proud to say that my business has a written nondiscrimination policy that covers LGBTQ employees and clients. With a formal policy in place, there is no confusion as to where our business stands in regard to discrimination. When I spoke on this issue at a recent tele-town hall...

Letter: GOP health care plan hurts small business owners

Northwest Herald

Senate Republicans have been working behind closed doors on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this month, and the secretive nature of this process is very concerning to me as a small business owner. Since the public has no idea what the bill consists of, I’m worried about how this legislation will impact my insurance and the future of my business.

After the passage of the ACA, my husband, who also is a business owner, and I enrolled in Illinois’ state marketplace, Get Covered Illinois. This plan was a huge financial safety net, and allowed me to keep my business...

Best interests of the country should come before party and ego

The Antrim Review

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on its healthcare bill after working on it for weeks behind closed doors. As an entrepreneur, I know this bill will be terrible for small business because it will stifle entrepreneurship, stunt job growth and make coverage more difficult to obtain for small employers with pre-existing conditions, like me.

I’ve always dreamed of owning my own business, but when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in college, my doctor suggested a government job would give me the best medical coverage. But after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA...

Businesses to Events Turning to Good Land for Sustainable Solutions

Metroprenuer

From picking up after large-scale festivals, to changing out lightbulbs, to using more environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Good Land offers a suite of services that can help schools to businesses to festivals be more sustainable.

Good Land’s sustainable solutions fall into three categories: consulting, environmental services and events.

Letter: AHCA would not be good for small business

The Columbus Dispatch

Aaron Dwyer’s recent letter asserting the AHCA would be good for small business is way off base. As a small business owner, I know the American Health Care Act will be terrible for us because it will stifle entrepreneurship, stunt job growth, and phase out Medicaid expansion, which covers many small business owners, like me, and their employees.

Before opening my photography business here in Columbus, I held a corporate job that offered health benefits. Ohio’s expansion of Medicaid was what allowed me to finally break out on my own and pursue my passion professionally, an option...

Advocates Celebrate the Expansion of the California Earned Income Tax Credit to Reach More than One Million Additional Low-Income Working Families

Children's Defense Fund

“Expanding the California Earned Income Tax credit to include self-employment earnings will reward the work done by entrepreneurs and independent contractors, and allow them to keep more of their hard earned money.” – Mark Herbert, California Director, Small Business Majority

For One Manufacturer, Dropping Health Insurance Worked -- But Only For A While

Forbes

I introduced Forbes readers to Rowen a year ago, when he explained how the Affordable Care Act solved Susquehanna Glass's problem: in 2014, as the new law took effect, the company stopped offering employees a group policy and hired a navigator to help them find individual plans on the new state insurance exchange. For at least the first two years, it was, he told me last year, a win-win. His lowest-paid employees got subsidies that made them much better off than they had been, but even his better-paid employees were happy with the insurance they found. In some cases, he gave out pay...

UPDATED 6/27: Reaction to Senate Bill

Nashville Medical News

CBO Estimate Shows Senate Health Bill Would Devastate Small Businesses

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer in response to today's Congressional Budget Office estimate on the impact of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would cost an estimated 22 million Americans their health insurance coverage.

Northeast Mississippi business owners closely watching health care debate

Daily Journal Online

However, a business group that aligns with the left, the Small Business Majority, in a poll conducted in March, said small businesses preferred the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare – over the current plan by a two-to-one margin.

SBM founder and CEO John Arensmeyer, said, “When the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act causes health insurance companies to pull out of ACA marketplaces, it offers more evidence of the damage political maneuvering in Washington, D.C. does to our healthcare system. If marketplaces are unstable, it is not because of an organic ACA...

Opposition forces GOP senators to delay ACA repeal-and-replace vote

Association of Healthcare Journalists

John Arensmeyer, chief executive and founder of Small Business Majority, said the bill would harm small businesses by destabilizing the health insurance market, causing premiums to rise sharply and leaving millions of entrepreneurs and small business employees unable to afford coverage. An expert on health insurance and small businesses, Arensmeyer, whose group represents 55,000 small businesses, spoke at Health Journalism 2014 in Denver.

Today's Must-Reads For Entrepreneurs: Healthcare

Forbes.com

And when a single illness or medical emergency can bankrupt a family, that family won’t be shopping at our small businesses or contributing to a robust economy." (A small-business lobbying group, Small Business Majority, argues that the Senate bill will hurt small businesses.)

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...

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