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  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Neil459, I believe that I am being very consistent. The government is not trying to make driving illegal, however the government must acknowledge the risks involved with having a high percentage of a 360 million population driving vehicles everyday and enact the proper laws, regulations and policies to lessen the environmental, energy and public safety realities of this many drivers. You are incorrect in stating that the government's only responsibility is to protect its citizens from other nation states. Police will always attempt to stop someone from jumping off a bridge even if they are not putting anyone else in danger by doing so. You view of govenment's role is dishonest because you have to know that what you believe to be true cannot ever be the way an advanced nation can be governed.
    Jul 13, 2012. 10:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Here you go: http://bit.ly/PW9biR

    This short Rand report discusses health cost inflation and its impact on the U.S. population.
    Jul 13, 2012. 05:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Neil, I don't know what you are talking about with references to cars, pizza, Nascar racing and flying? I did not say that the government's role is to protect us from vices and risks. I did say that the government's legitimate role is to protect the U.S. population and society against systemic risks such as the occurance of dangers related industrial polution of air and water, increased utilization the automobile and the dangers of such widespread use. As a result of industrial polution that did not present a problem 150 years ago is the EPA and numerous regulations related to this new danger. Before cars, we did not need to regulate through laws traffic safety. Over the last 30 years healthcare inflation and the growing number of the uninsured has grown into a systemic risk to the U.S. economy and society. It only follows that this systemic risk is addressed with policy.
    Jul 13, 2012. 05:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    CInci, if you look at any study of how to contain healthcare inflation for a large country such as the U.S. some mechanism to move from an "all you can eat" system to a commonsense needs based ala cart is always included. You can call it "death panels" or rationing, if you like, but in reality it is simply better managing efficiencies in the system. There is no other way to contain health expenditures, which are quickly consuming our overall economy on a relative basis.
    Jul 13, 2012. 02:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    DaLatin, I think that you are very jaded and I don't know you, so maybe you have good reason to be so jaded. I am a proud American, a husband, a father, and a successful capitalist. I am extremely optimistic about the future of the United States. I wish you the best, don't worry about the America that you left behind, we will be fine.
    Jul 12, 2012. 11:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Tomas, I give you credit for thinking this through. Unfortunately, politicians have had 40+ years to think this through and there has only been really two viable alternatives presented, a single payer plan advocated by the Dems and the mandate private sector driven plan advocated by the Republicans until Obama got behind it.

    Your comment about debt per capita is really not relevant in that we will never truly pay off our government debt, nor do we ever need to. We just have to control the levels to make sure that interest carry costs do not crowd out everything else.
    Jul 12, 2012. 06:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    That's a $1,200 tax on every insured family every year to pay for very ineffective reactionary healthcare services for people who either say that cannot afford health insurance or for young healthy people who do not think that they need insurance until they really do. Why not compell as many of those people into the insurance pool and spread that cost over more people, open up preventative care to millions more people and for those who don't want to participate, charge them a penalty to help offset the burden they impose on society? You say that this $48 billion cost has been their every year. The cost has been there every year, but that cost is growing every year and is a major contributor to out of control healthcare cost inflation which is the major risk to the U.S. fiscal situation over the next 10 to 20 years.
    Jul 12, 2012. 04:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Tomas, I would say that the unreimbursed cost of providing healthcare to the 40 million uninsured each year has a significant impact on the cost of healthcare as those costs have to be compensated for through higher prices for paying patients. Many studies have been done on the cost impact of the uninsured on the healthcare market and it equates to on average around $1,200 per year in additional insurance premium cost for the typical family policy. You see, the uninsured are both a societal tragedy and a major contributor to healthcare cost inflation.
    Jul 12, 2012. 01:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    DaLatin, infrastructure and military yes, but the Constitution clearly states that the Federal Goverment's role is to "promote the general welfare". General welfare can clearly take on many different definitions, however it should be pretty clear that when very large parts of the population are being put at risk because of distortions caused by the private sector's profit motive or unintended consequences of past public policy, the Federal Goverment must take action to rectify the problem. By my definition, 40 million uninsured Americans and healthcare cost inflation three or more times the inflation rate constitutes a risk to general welfare.
    Jul 12, 2012. 11:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    DaLatin, Snopes is not spin, it is the most widely used site to fact check online "urban legends" I have looked at the passages in the Affordable Care Act and no where does it state that end of life care is going to rationed in the manner that is being interpreted by those on this thread who claim that their are death panels.

    You can decide that you don't like the Affordable Care Act, as I can decide that their are parts of it that I would have like to have done differently, but it is not constructive to make the predictions that you made above or to twist the contents of the act into something that it is not.
    Jul 12, 2012. 10:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    DaLatin,

    Let me make this simple because there are far too many bogus stories floating around the internet on this subject. I routinely use Snopes to debunk this cyber garbage which leads to much of the dis-information which stokes the anger of people such as a few of those on this thread. See the following link: http://bit.ly/NjtwZf
    Jul 12, 2012. 08:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Please post a link to an official government of or White House reference ot the "death panel".
    Jul 11, 2012. 06:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Cinci, I think that it is a real cheap shot and not real intelligent to attack me and my profession on a site such as Seeking Alpha, which is a site dominated by professional asset managers in terms of producing content. The point that I am making is that if the U.S. is not going to have a government provided single payer healthcare system and instead is going to rely upon employers to provide this vital benefit, than employers need to embrace that responsibility and include this in their cost structure. It's that simple.
    Jul 10, 2012. 08:44 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    What's with you and the fixation on well water?
    Jul 9, 2012. 08:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Affordable Care Act actually discourages small businesses from growing, says TheStreet.com's Robert Weinstein. Buried within 2,700 pages of the Act is a requirement that businesses provide all employees with "acceptable" health insurance coverage, but exempts businesses with 49 or fewer full time employees. For small business owners, this is a glaring disincentive not to grow beyond 49 employees as a result of the costs and additional regulations companies face with 50 or more.   [View news story]
    Death Panels, you lost me when you quoted Sarah Palin.
    Jul 9, 2012. 08:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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