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Self-employed people weigh returning to corporate jobs if Senate passes ACA repeal bill

Modern Healthcare

Steven DeMaio of New York City has been happily self-employed as a writer and editor since 2008. At that time, he felt comfortable leaving a corporate job with health benefits and going out on his own because the state where he then lived, Massachusetts, had established a system guaranteeing affordable individual-market coverage without regard to health status.

But DeMaio, 46, recently decided to look for a corporate job with health benefits because of uncertainty over the future of his health insurance posed by Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As of...

LETTERS: Obamacare a lifesaver for the self-employed

Chicago Sun-Times

While top Republican senators are making last-ditch efforts to revive their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, calls for a so-called clean repeal of the ACA are just as concerning. The Congressional Budget Office recently announced that repealing the ACA without a suitable replacement will leave 32 million uninsured — many of them entrepreneurs like myself. Like many freelancers, I was unable to find consistent and reliable health coverage before the ACA’s passage.

Since enrolling in the Get Covered Illinois marketplace, I’ve endured several serious health issues which...

Small Business Lobbyists Plot Their Next Moves On Obamacare


But mouths are closed on the other end of the ideological spectrum as well. The Main Street Alliance didn't answer my questions about how it was adjusting its strategy. The Small Business Majority pointed me toward its own ACA wish list, which not surprisingly runs opposite of the conservative groups' agendas: increasing consumer subsidies and continuing to expand Medicare, opposing association-run small-business health plans, and the like. I asked David Chase, the group's vice president, national outreach, how the current situation might require the group to refine either...

Small Businesses Split Over Republican Health Plans

The New York Times Online

But as overhaul legislation advanced through Congress, many small-business owners became more vocal about their opposition to the changes. Other industry groups, like the Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority, championed their cause.

Further attempts to repeal the ACA need to be dropped: Letter to the Editor


Roger Geiger's latest opinion piece, "For the sake of small business, U.S. Senate must push ahead on health care reform," is way off-base. As a small business owner, I know that repealing the Affordable Care Act will be terrible for us, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. In fact, polling from Small Business Majority found the majority of small businesses support the ACA.

Health Care Reform Causing Big Worries for Small Business Owners

Lendio Blog

“Small-business owners who are now dependent upon the marketplace for coverage are scared to death that it might go away,” said John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority.

Lawmakers Urge Treasury to Promote Retirement Savings

Bloomberg BNA

These include “financial cost as well as the time required to administer that type of program,” John
Arensmeyer, founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA July 14. They
want to offer this benefit because it helps them compete with bigger businesses for top talent and also helps
them retain skilled employees, he said.

Now is the Time for a Bipartisan Healthcare Bill That Will Help Small Businesses

Real Vail

Now is the Time for a Bipartisan Healthcare Bill That Will Help Small Businesses

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer on why the GOP’s latest setback to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act underscores the need for a bipartisan solution to healthcare problems

Don't dismantle the ACA

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lawmakers discuss revised health care bill

Lebanon Democrat

The leader of the Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, highlighted potential risks with Cruz’s amendment.

“Since Cruz’s amendment would allow insurers to sell health plans that do not comply with [the Affordable Care Act] requirements, the [Better Care Reconciliation Act] would create parallel insurance markets for the sick and for the healthy,” said John Arensmeyer, Small Business Majority founder and CEO. “This would lead to unbalanced risk pools, driving up the costs for small business owners with older or sicker workers. Businesses with...

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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


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...