Peeling Back the Onion

The health reform legislation jumped back to the forefront this week as a controversial regulation created a political firestorm between the Roman Catholic Church and other religious organizations, and the Obama Administration concerning just one aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.  I used “one” in the previous sentence because this…

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Pay or Play?

The President discussed healthcare reform implementation at length during his news conference last week and this is critical for your business because he directly mentioned the new exchange application and this document alone could trigger penalties for applicable large employers (those over 50).  Those who are in favor of Obamacare repeal often cite this part of the law.  It has caused significant heartburn for businesses of all sizes.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Pay or Play Delay

In a shocking development, the Obama Administration announced it will be delaying the controversial employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act until 2015.  This section has received significant pushback from the business community because it requires businesses with more than 50 full-time equivalents to offer health insurance coverage or face a series of penalties.  The delay will give employers another year to figure things out and punts the mandate until after the 2014 election.

Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark Mazur wrote on the department’s website

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Pacman and the Fiscal Cliff

The fiscal cliff debate in this country is approaching fail status and after one week back in Washington our leaders do not appear to be closer to solving the problem.  Despite a congenial press conference today where Republican leaders put revenue on the table, there has been no real movement at addressing the crux of…

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OUT-CLASSED?

A critical piece of the health reform legislation was dropped earlier this week by Obama Administration officials due to cost concerns–a recurring theme of late as the Super Committee struggles to find savings, and the American economy struggles with stagnation due to economic uncertainty.  This is largely due to rising health care costs and entitlement…

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Our blog offers articles  for the public about the Affordable Care Act.  Commentary includes the latest on what small businesses and individuals need to know, facts about the new Obama healthcare law, fictional scenarios and tips to lower costs.  Check out a podcast from our radio program, America’s Healthcare Challenge, for the most current information on healthcare reform.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Omaha Press Club Noon Forum

Not too long after the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court, I had the opportunity to participate in the noon forum of the Omaha Press Club to discuss what was next for the health reform legislation.  Appearing with Omaha Neurologist, Harris Frankel, the two of us discussed the implications of the monumental…

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October Wonk Reviews

You can save about a days worth of research by checking out the wonk review carnival.  It is the who’s who of healthcare bloggers who are in the weeds researching healthcare reform.  This week’s issue is an entertaining read and hosted by Jaan Sidorov of the Disease Management blog which is a fantastic resource.

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Obama Wins: Now What?

The people have spoken.  President Barack Obama has won re-election but the Congress remains divided.   The status-quo remains in place.  Can we put politics aside for love of country to address the challenges ahead?  After nearly 18 months the presidential campaign has concluded and the business of our federal government must resume. HealthReformExplained.com was…

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