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Category: Small Business Health Care

Health Reform Expected to Untether Job-Locked Entrepreneurs

Posted by: John Tozzi on March 26

As the health reforms signed into law this week begin to take effect over the next four years, one consequence to watch is to what extent would-be entrepreneurs feel comfortable…

Obama Courts Small Business on Health Care

Posted by: John Tozzi on October 29

President Obama pushed hard today to convince small business owners that they would gain from health care reform. His speech to small business owners in Washington came as House Democrats…

Small Business Health Reform Roundup

Posted by: John Tozzi on October 20

Several news items today on health reform and small business: The Senate Small Business Committee this morning heard from small business stakeholders about what kind of health reform they want…

The State of Play on Health Care

Posted by: John Tozzi on October 12

In time for the Senate Finance Committee’s expected vote on a health care bill Tuesday, small business advocacy group Main Street Alliance is planning events in 11 states to support…

Changes to the Baucus Health Care Bill That Impact Small Employers

Posted by: Nick Leiber on September 21

The AP reports the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee was revising his health care bill today. From the story: The changes came a day ahead of a committee session…

Baucus Health Care Bill Has Loosest Employer Mandate

Posted by: John Tozzi on September 16

The new health care reform proposal from the Senate Finance Committee places the lowest burden on employers of the three major bills out there now. From the Journal: The House…

Small Business Owners React to Obama’s Health Care Speech

Posted by: John Tozzi on September 10

I want to hear what small business owners think of President Obama’s speech on health care, and the state of reform as Congress resumes working on it. We’ll try to…

Where Does Entrepreneurship Fit into Obama’s Health Care Plan?

Posted by: Nick Leiber on September 10

This is a post by guest blogger Jeff Bussgang. President Obama’s compelling health care speech last night made the case for acting now. In a follow-up email that he sent…

Coverage, Price, and Competition in the Small Group Health Insurance Market

Posted by: John Tozzi on September 08

Last week as I was researching this story about Utah’s new health insurance exchange, I wandered into a trove health care data. Using Many Eyes, a free tool from IBM…

Sorting Through Small Business Health Reform Polling

Posted by: John Tozzi on July 29

I haven’t seen any conclusive polling on how much support or opposition there is among small business owners for health reform that would require them to provide coverage or pay…

Obama Makes the Case to Small Business for Health Care Reform

Posted by: John Tozzi on July 28

This week small business is a big part of the health care narrative the White House is pushing. Over the weekend the White House Council of Economic Advisers released its…

NFIB Opposes Health Care Reform Proposed By House

Posted by: John Tozzi on July 23

The National Federation of Independent Business raised some important concerns about the health reform bill in the House during a conference call with reporters today. The group opposes any mandate…

Could Competition Fix Small Business’ Health Insurance Woes?

Posted by: John Tozzi on July 22

There’s a crucial point for small businesses in a story up today by BW’s Cathy Arnst about competition in the health insurance market: [The Government Accountability Office] found that, for…

More on Health Care Lobbying

Posted by: John Tozzi on July 10

Here’s a good story from Kaiser Health News on the small business health care lobbying effort. Key point: While MSA is one of the newest small business advocacy groups on…

A Small Employer’s Campaign to Reform Health Care

Posted by: Greg T. Spielberg on June 30

Like most business owners, BusinessWeek reader Mike Draper is concerned about balancing his employees’ health benefits with his business’ expenses. In 2006, after paying out of pocket at a county…

Your Comments on Small Business and Health Care Reform

Posted by: John Tozzi on May 06

BusinessWeek readers have been sharing great comments on health care and small business, and I want to round up a few of them here. An idea I didn’t hit on…

Health Reform Fit For Small Business

Posted by: John Tozzi on May 05

A bi-partisan group of senators introduced a health reform bill designed to meet the needs of small business called the Small Business Health Options Program (which they call SHOP—should really…

Health Insurance for Freelancers

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 21

I missed this bit of news because I was away last week, but the Freelancers Union just started a health insurance company in New York. This is a big idea…

Jarvis: Trickle up

Posted by: John Tozzi on October 29

Jeff Jarvis today has this nugget about how health care policy affects the entrepreneurial climate, as an aside in a post criticizing the handling of the bailout: Making health care…

Small business health insurance: paying more for less satisfaction

Posted by: John Tozzi on October 24

Small businesses are less satisfied with their health insurance plans than large companies, and fewer small firms offer health plans today than at the beginning of the decade. That’s according…

A New Worry for 2009: It’s Not Health Care

Posted by: Colleen DeBaise on October 14

It’s rare when the cost of health care doesn’t top a list of small-business concerns. These days, however, it’s the faltering economy that’s got business owners the most worried, according…


What's it like to run your own company today? Entrepreneurs face multiple hurdles new and old, from raising capital and managing employees to keeping up with technology and competing in a global marketplace. In this blog, the Small Business channel's John Tozzi and Nick Leiber discuss the news, trends, and ideas that matter to small business owners. Follow them on Twitter @newentrepreneur.

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