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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


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


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


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


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


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...