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GOP healthcare plan would devastate small businesses

03/23/2017 - The Hill - Blogs

Apparently Republican lawmakers have invented a time machine, which is better known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This insidious device may soon be taking the entire country on a trip back to the past because it would leave almost one-fifth of Americans without health insurance, a rate not seen since the before the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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What do small business owners think of the AHA, AHCA?

03/23/2017 - MedCity News

A new poll from the Small Business Majority surveyed 500 small business owners from across the country on their opinions on the AHCA. The survey was conducted online between March 17 and March 20 and had a +/- 4.5 percent margin of error.

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'Gig' workers falling behind on retirement savings

03/22/2017 - CNBC

Working in the so-called "gig economy" can make it tougher to stay on top of saving for retirement.

Four in 10 self-employed workers don't have a retirement account such as an IRA or 401(k) plan, according to a new survey from Small Business Majority, an advocacy group. They polled 500 self-identified contractors, freelancers and temporary employees in December 2016, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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Get Started: Some business advocates oppose GOP health plan

03/20/2017 - AP (Hosted)

Citing a January Treasury Department report, the Small Business Majority says the GOP plan, which is supported by President Donald Trump, could deter would-be small business owners from starting companies. The Treasury said one in five people who bought insurance on exchanges created under the ACA was a small business owner or self-employed.

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GOP assault on Obamacare rattles workers in California's 'gig economy'

03/18/2017 - Politico

“Lawmakers who dream of gutting the Affordable Care Act do not seem to care about its importance to small business owners, particularly those who are solo entrepreneurs," John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, wrote in a Health Affairs blog post. "What these politicians fail to understand is that the health care law is the first meaningful insurance reform available to entrepreneurs in decades.

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Will proposed changes to health care affect small business?

03/17/2017 - MSNBC

The Republican push to replace The Affordable Care Act is getting mixed reviews. As the GOP tries to drum up support for the American Health Care Act, small and medium-sized business owners want to know how they’ll be impacted. John Arensmeyer with the Small Business Majority and Kevin Kuhlman with the NFIB tell us what the future may have in store.

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Freedom's fallen entirely out of the health-care debate

03/16/2017 - Expert Gazette

"Repealing and replacing various aspects of the ACA.will do little more than create instability in the insurance market and reduce the ability of small business owners, their employees and self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage", SBM Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer said.

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Letter: Obamacare helped build my business

03/15/2017 - The Columbus Dispatch

Congress' effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is devastating news for self-employed entrepreneurs and small-business owners like me, who have benefited from the law. The ACA has given both my husband and me the freedom and security to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams, and we're worried about what repeal means for the future of our businesses.

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CBO Estimate Shows American Health Care Act Will Raise Insurance Costs for Entrepreneurs

03/15/2017 - The Lund Report

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer in response to today’s Congressional Budget Office estimate on the impact of the American Health Care Act, which is projected to take insurance away from 24 million Americans

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Tire industry, small business groups back ACHA

03/14/2017 - Tire Business

In contrast, the Small Business Majority (SBM) cautioned that small businesses will be hurt by the AHCA if it replaces the ACA.

"Repealing and replacing various aspects of the ACA...will do little more than create instability in the insurance market and reduce the ability of small business owners, their employees and self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage," SBM Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer said.

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The Obamacare Repeal: What It Means for Small Businesses

03/13/2017 - Nav

“Repealing the employer mandate won’t impact the vast majority of small businesses since they aren’t subject to it anyway, and 96% of businesses with more than 50 employees already offered health insurance before the mandate,” Rhea Aguinaldo, Northern California Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority said.

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CBO report predicts 24 million would lose coverage by 2026 under American Health Care Act

03/13/2017 - Healthcare Finance News

Small Business Majority:

"Small employers don't want or need another healthcare overhaul, especially one that takes so many insured Americans out of the market. Instead, entrepreneurs need quality, affordable health coverage for themselves and their employees so that they can focus on running their businesses. As the CBO's estimate shows, lawmakers would be wise to abandon this proposal in favor of policies that will actually help America's job creators."

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Letter: Removing rule would harm small businesses

03/11/2017

To the Editor:

Next week, the Senate will vote to overturn a Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program being implemented here in Illinois. Striking down this rule would have a chilling effect on Illinois’ Secure Choice Program, and it would be especially harmful to small businesses and their employees.

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Retirement

GOP assault on Obamacare rattles workers in California's 'gig economy'

03/10/2017 - Politico Pro

Republican plans to scrap Obamacare and roll back its Medicaid expansion are sending tremors through the "gig economy" — and nowhere more so than in California.

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ACA Replacement Plan Ripped Apart by Medical Groups

03/10/2017 - Physician's Practice

Small business owners nationwide are signing a letter urging lawmakers to halt the repeal of the ACA in fear that it will be bad for their businesses. The letter states that the ACA has helped many entrepreneurs with pre-existing conditions leave large companies, with employer-sponsored coverage, and pursue their dreams of owning their own business.

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For Self-Employed Entrepreneurs, Losing The ACA Would Be An Enormous Setback

03/09/2017 - Health Affairs Blog

Lawmakers who dream of gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) do not seem to care about its importance to small business owners, particularly those who are solo entrepreneurs. What these politicians fail to understand is that the health care law is the first meaningful insurance reform available to entrepreneurs in decades. In fact, for many self-employed business owners, their firms would not exist without it.

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My small business is out of options without the ACA

03/09/2017 - Chicago Tribune

As a small business owner, I am very worried about Congress moving forward with its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As a lawyer, three-time cancer survivor, and an entrepreneur, I can tell you firsthand that this legislation will have a devastating impact on the small business community.

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Chiang, others speak in support of Secure Choice retirement program

03/08/2017 - Pasadena Star-News

California State Treasurer John Chiang, left, is urging the U.S. Senate to defeat legislation that would undermine California’s Secure Choice employee retirement savings program. Chiang spoke Monday at a news conference in Pasadena. To his right are Marisabel Torres, senior policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, Xiomara Pena, a policy analyst with the California Small Business Majority, and Carmen Roberts, a long-term care worker with the SEIU Local 2015 union.

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How the American Health Care Act could impact small businesses

03/08/2017 - Becker's Spine Review

John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority, responded.

"Repealing various aspects of the Affordable Care Act and scaling back provisions like tax credits and Medicaid expansion will do little more than create instability in the insurance market," he said. "This instability will ultimately hurt small business owners by making insurance less affordable, which will make it more difficult for America's small business community to access healthcare."

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Congress’ action will hurt business

03/08/2017 - The Sacramento Bee Online

The U.S. Senate soon will vote to overturn a U.S. Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, such as the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program being implemented here in California. Striking down this rule would have a chilling effect on California’s Secure Choice program and would be especially harmful to small businesses.

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Retirement

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