Friday, September 27, 2013

Hats off to Senator Cruz

Agree with him or not, you have to admire that he's willing to take a stand.  In law school,  they had us watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington during orientation.  They wanted us to remember that sometimes the lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.  Here's a guy that's actually living that philosophy.  And as agitated as his opponents among the Democratic left and Republican establishment seems to be, maybe this cause isn't lost yet.

We also had another Obamacare delay since my last post.  One of the innovations that's supposed to be in the exchanges is called SHOP.  Basically, SHOP allows small businesses to purchase insurance for their employees.  The online exchange would allow employees to choose among several competitive health plans.

A few months ago, it was announced that SHOP would have only one insurer, that competition was not going to be possible.  Now, the government has announced SHOP will not be ready for enrollment on October 1.  They believe it will be ready some time in November.

The administration claims that this delay is no big deal and in a way they are right.  Enrollment was supposed to open on October 1, but even someone who enrolls on October 1 does not get coverage until January 1.  However, business people will not be able to get their health insurance affairs in order in October so that they can get back to their businesses.

This is just more chaos.  And businesses don't like chaos, especially when it comes to mundane things like employee benefits.

The Small Business Guide to Obamacare made it onto MLive.  If you're really confused about all this, hit the link at the left and pick up a copy of my book.

Anyway, here are Today's Obamacare headlines:

Leftwing Cheerleading

Entrepreneurs should love Obamacare.

Americans don't like shutdown circus.

Frenemies Clinton and Obama unite over PPACA.


Hard News

Affordable policies not affordable to all.

12 biggest Obamacare questions answered.

What you need to know for October 1.

Hollywood Casino in Pennsylvania cuts workers under 30 hours.

Arkansas releases PPACA exchange rates.

What you need to know about the California health exchange and health reform.

Exchange costs revealed.

Sen. Manchin (D, W.Va) says he'll go along with individual mandate delay.

Californians will pay 10th highest rates in country.

For Industry Insiders

Short term coverage an option for some uninsureds.

Delay of individual mandate not possible.

PPACA has many small business incentives.

Agents sign up to sell exchange policies.

13 things employers must do to be PPACA ready.

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