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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


"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


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


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

"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
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

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...

Budget office examination of health care bill confirms fears

Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald

This week, the Congressional Budget Office revised their estimate of the American Health Care Act, and I'm concerned about how this legislation will impact me as a small-business owner. The AHCA will leave 23 million uninsured, and I could be one of them.

I am currently enrolled in the state marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, and it has been vital for my business. Not only am I saving money, but my quality of care has greatly improved compared to my previous plan. The consistency and predictability of my health care has lifted a huge financial burden, and now I can spend...

Sen. John McCain: Senate Working On Its Version Of AHCA


But two small-business groups, the Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority, said the bill could hurt their members, many of whom rely on the individual insurance market for their coverage. It did not guess which states might do that, but the report says that one-sixth of the population could be subject to that instability.

CBO report rips GOP health bill

Steelers Lounge

"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, which represents 55,000 small businesses.

The Congressional Budget Office Has Scored Trumpcare 2.0, And It Wasn't Kind


However, the report acknowledges that insurers have reduced their participation in the exchanges, leaving some Americans with no options for buying insurance. "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, which represents 55,000 small businesses.

Key GOP senators slam House Obamacare replacement after CBO report

Click Lancashire

Small Business Majority Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer the AHCA would be a disaster for small businesses because it would destabilize the health insurance market, cause premiums to skyrocket and leave millions of people with pre-existing conditions unable to afford coverage.

GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine plan

Click Lancashire

"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, which represents 55,000 small businesses.