Moving beyond the debacle of October, we are going to begin focusing on solving the problem. Like I have said multiple times, E.D. Bellis is over the politics associated with healthcare because this should be an individual issue since we will all be affected differently. As a nation we need to focus on curbing healthcare costs.
With all of the distractions out there sometimes it is just easier to have what you need packaged for you. Special thanks to America’s Healthcare Challenge contributor, John Rathouz, aka John the Caddie for disseminating the following articles. The story of the month has been the exchange roll out. It is still early, but numerous questions remain.
A huge story broke last night and this time it could mean trouble for the Obama Administration, but could end up being good because people are now starting to understand the problem. NBC news is reporting that the White House knew that the 14 million Americans who obtain their insurance through the individual market cannot keep their insurance. According to a little known regulation, a substantial portion would not meet the grandfathered status.
We have been fortunate to have a pretty mild fall here in the heartland, however, our friends in Washington, DC are operating in a frosty environment. Nothing seems to be working correctly and one guest nailed it when he referred to it as “hyper-partisan.” We will have to move beyond politics and have an adult conversation about what is really happening before anything can be fixed.
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I feel like a gypsy the past couple of weeks but it has been a wonderful experience getting to visit with people all over the country. What is most interesting is that they are all talking about one thing in common. Everybody has a story and they all have their own opinion about healthcare reform.
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Westin Hotel on Beale Street in Memphis, TN to over 50 business owners from across the country specializing in custom doors and hardware, glass. They are the “average” American businesses being challenged by the law. This is not because they are not playing by the rules because many of them are offering quite generous plans. Traveling all over the country to speak to companies and their employees has caused me to understand their frustration.
We made it to ObamaCare open enrollment despite a government shutdown. If you are looking for what your coverage options will be in 2014 then check out www.healthcare.gov or continue reading because we were fortunate to have a national expert who was kind enough to contribute a column on this subject. Katherine Woodfield is America’s first health insurance consumer advocate with impressive knowledge on how insurance works and how to lower costs.
Businesses struggling to navigate the Obama healthcare law can breathe a sigh of relief. October 1st is an important date for Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) implementation because it is when the new health insurance marketplaces will begin open enrollment. There is also a soft compliance deadline causing confusion in the business community because many fear they will be penalized for non-compliance.
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