What Your Business Needs to Know

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare means major changes are in store for American business. Now more than ever is the time to prepare before it is too late.  Note that most of these apply to firms with more than 50 Full-Time Equivalents which are calculated at 30 hours per week on average. Here…

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Americas Healthcare Challenge Part 11

The College Football season pre-empted us for a week, but we were back at it once again this week with a two hour episode of America’s Healthcare Challenge. This week was unique as we cover a little bit of everything.  We talk politics with special guest of the week, professor John McAdams from Marquette University.…

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What you need to know

Why Health Reform? Are we getting bang for our health care buck?  The United States spends more per person on health care than any other industrialized country, but this does not lead to better health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains controversial and this negative sentiment will likely continue well into the next decade,…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 10

Our latest episode took different direction by looking at how the Affordable Care Act and rising health care costs are impacting providers of healthcare.  Our special guest of the week was Glen Fosdick, the President of the Nebraska Medical Center, which is a large teaching hospital located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Alongside my co-host Dr. Harris…

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The ACA and You

Photo Credit James Montgomery Flagg It is hard to quantify what the Supreme Court upholding the largest piece of legislation passed in our lifetime is going to mean for all of us.  There are innumerable variables to consider, and questions will remain years from now.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, will have…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 9

Part nine of America’s Healthcare Challenge focuses on the complex issue of long-term care. The guest this week was Hal Daub, former Mayor of Omaha and Member of Congress. He is an attorney by trade, and served on the Social Security advisory board. His knowledge of federal entitlement programs was on full display, and he…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 7

Healthcare costs are the largest driver to our national debt, and as you can see above, workers have not enjoyed traditional wage increases due to the rapid rate of healthcare growth in this country.  The issue of the cost is a large problem businesses will have to deal with, especially with experts predicting insurance premiums…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 8

This week’s episode of America’s Healthcare Challenge reviews some of the major themes in health policy covered so far, the pick of Rep. Paul Ryan by Mitt Romney to be the Republican Vice-Presidental nominee, and some lessons we can draw from the Massachusetts connector which of course was passed while Romney was Governor. Once again,…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 6

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out with an updated cost estimate for the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.  They found a net reduction of $84 billion over the next ten years.  This is largely because of new taxes levied against health care providers, employers above 50 FTE’s who do not provide coverage,…

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