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Frustration replaces optimism on Main Street as health-care reform fails

03/27/2017 - CNBC

But not all groups are disappointed. Small Business Majority, another nonpartisan advocacy group, said the ACHA would have created more instability in the insurance market.

"Entrepreneurs around the country have been saying they don't want or need another health care overhaul — what they need is quality, affordable health coverage for themselves and their employees so they can focus on running their businesses," CEO John Arensmeyer said in a statement.

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Healthcare

52% OF SMALL BUSINESSES SUPPORT OBAMACARE: CRAZY, RIGHT?

03/27/2017 - The Franchise King (blog)

Obamacare Favored By A 2:1 Margin

According to a recent scientific poll conducted by Chesapeake Beach Consulting (for Small Business Majority*), around half of the respondents (49%) say they would choose the ACA (Obamacare) over the AHCA , while only 25% said they would choose the replacement plan over current law. Fourteen percent said they would choose neither plan.

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Healthcare

Freelancers struggle to save for retirement

03/27/2017 - Benefits Pro

So says a poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of Small Business Majority, which finds that 53 percent of freelancers say they’re doing well, while 32 percent say they’re “just okay.” And while nearly half (48 percent) earn at least $50,000 a year contracting or freelancing, a significant number are not saving anything for retirement.

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Retirement, Freelance Economy

40% of Freelancers Don’t Have a Formal Retirement Plan. Here’s Why

03/24/2017 - The Penny Hoarder

Being self-employed has its perks.

You get to be your own boss. You get to set your own hours. Want a day off? Well, you get a day off.

You can make a decent living doing it, too. According to a poll conducted for Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy group, 48% of entrepreneurs surveyed said they make at least $50,000 annually and 53% identify as “doing well” or “doing very well.”

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Retirement, Freelance Economy

Do-or-die for GOP health plan

03/24/2017 - Crain's New York Business

1. Trump to House: Pass repeal or ACA stays

President Donald Trump said that House Republicans either had to approve their replacement of the Affordable Care Act today or it remains, with himself and Congress moving on to other priorities. The ultimatum came amid a flurry of negotiations and postponement of a vote scheduled for yesterday. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the chamber would vote today. [The New York Times]

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Healthcare

GOP healthcare plan would devastate small businesses

03/23/2017 - The Hill - Blogs

Apparently Republican lawmakers have invented a time machine, which is better known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This insidious device may soon be taking the entire country on a trip back to the past because it would leave almost one-fifth of Americans without health insurance, a rate not seen since the before the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Healthcare

What do small business owners think of the AHA, AHCA?

03/23/2017 - MedCity News

A new poll from the Small Business Majority surveyed 500 small business owners from across the country on their opinions on the AHCA. The survey was conducted online between March 17 and March 20 and had a +/- 4.5 percent margin of error.

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Healthcare

Roth IRA, 529, insurance: What’s best for college savings?

03/23/2017 - Bank Investment Consultant

'Gig' workers falling behind on retirement savings

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Retirement, Freelance Economy

'Gig' workers falling behind on retirement savings

03/22/2017 - CNBC

Working in the so-called "gig economy" can make it tougher to stay on top of saving for retirement.

Four in 10 self-employed workers don't have a retirement account such as an IRA or 401(k) plan, according to a new survey from Small Business Majority, an advocacy group. They polled 500 self-identified contractors, freelancers and temporary employees in December 2016, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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Retirement, Freelance Economy

Get Started: Some business advocates oppose GOP health plan

03/20/2017 - AP (Hosted)

Citing a January Treasury Department report, the Small Business Majority says the GOP plan, which is supported by President Donald Trump, could deter would-be small business owners from starting companies. The Treasury said one in five people who bought insurance on exchanges created under the ACA was a small business owner or self-employed.

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Healthcare

GOP assault on Obamacare rattles workers in California's 'gig economy'

03/18/2017 - Politico

“Lawmakers who dream of gutting the Affordable Care Act do not seem to care about its importance to small business owners, particularly those who are solo entrepreneurs," John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, wrote in a Health Affairs blog post. "What these politicians fail to understand is that the health care law is the first meaningful insurance reform available to entrepreneurs in decades.

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Healthcare

Will proposed changes to health care affect small business?

03/17/2017 - MSNBC

The Republican push to replace The Affordable Care Act is getting mixed reviews. As the GOP tries to drum up support for the American Health Care Act, small and medium-sized business owners want to know how they’ll be impacted. John Arensmeyer with the Small Business Majority and Kevin Kuhlman with the NFIB tell us what the future may have in store.

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Healthcare

Freedom's fallen entirely out of the health-care debate

03/16/2017 - Expert Gazette

"Repealing and replacing various aspects of the ACA.will do little more than create instability in the insurance market and reduce the ability of small business owners, their employees and self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage", SBM Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer said.

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Healthcare

Letter: Obamacare helped build my business

03/15/2017 - The Columbus Dispatch

Congress' effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is devastating news for self-employed entrepreneurs and small-business owners like me, who have benefited from the law. The ACA has given both my husband and me the freedom and security to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams, and we're worried about what repeal means for the future of our businesses.

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Healthcare

CBO Estimate Shows American Health Care Act Will Raise Insurance Costs for Entrepreneurs

03/15/2017 - The Lund Report

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer in response to today’s Congressional Budget Office estimate on the impact of the American Health Care Act, which is projected to take insurance away from 24 million Americans

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Tire industry, small business groups back ACHA

03/14/2017 - Tire Business

In contrast, the Small Business Majority (SBM) cautioned that small businesses will be hurt by the AHCA if it replaces the ACA.

"Repealing and replacing various aspects of the ACA...will do little more than create instability in the insurance market and reduce the ability of small business owners, their employees and self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage," SBM Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer said.

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Healthcare

The Obamacare Repeal: What It Means for Small Businesses

03/13/2017 - Nav

“Repealing the employer mandate won’t impact the vast majority of small businesses since they aren’t subject to it anyway, and 96% of businesses with more than 50 employees already offered health insurance before the mandate,” Rhea Aguinaldo, Northern California Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority said.

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Healthcare

CBO report predicts 24 million would lose coverage by 2026 under American Health Care Act

03/13/2017 - Healthcare Finance News

Small Business Majority:

"Small employers don't want or need another healthcare overhaul, especially one that takes so many insured Americans out of the market. Instead, entrepreneurs need quality, affordable health coverage for themselves and their employees so that they can focus on running their businesses. As the CBO's estimate shows, lawmakers would be wise to abandon this proposal in favor of policies that will actually help America's job creators."

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Healthcare

Letter: Removing rule would harm small businesses

03/11/2017

To the Editor:

Next week, the Senate will vote to overturn a Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program being implemented here in Illinois. Striking down this rule would have a chilling effect on Illinois’ Secure Choice Program, and it would be especially harmful to small businesses and their employees.

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Retirement

GOP assault on Obamacare rattles workers in California's 'gig economy'

03/10/2017 - Politico Pro

Republican plans to scrap Obamacare and roll back its Medicaid expansion are sending tremors through the "gig economy" — and nowhere more so than in California.

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Healthcare

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