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Well, now he’s done it again: Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, foretelling at least six more weeks of winter. We should all be so lucky. There is a little bit more of a thaw in the works in health care, of all places. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23-14 today to […]

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Employers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief, albeit temporary, after the Obama Administration’s announcement delaying implementation of the employer mandate rule in the Affordable Care Act.  The Administration agreed to delay the requirement that businesses with 50 or more full-time workers provide them with health insurance until January 1, 2015. The requirement had previously […]

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Disbelief is quickly turning into concerns about complying with the sweeping changes that come with the Affordable Care Act. Small business owner Dave Ratner and I spoke at the Main Street Retailing Forum held during Retail’s BIG Show in New York to help small retailers understand requirements that will begin as early as this June. […]

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What is health care reform, and how much should I worry about catching it like the common cold? Next Tuesday, Dave Ratner, proprietor of Dave’s Pet & Soda City, and I will host a special session at the Main Street Retailing Forum – part of Retail’s Big Show in New York – to discuss strategies […]

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Congressional hearings are not always civilized affairs. However that was not the case last Wednesday, when I appeared before the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee to discuss progress and problems with Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. The partisanship that typically grips other congressional hearings was mercifully absent, and in its place, true, bipartisan concern […]

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One week has passed since the Supreme Court determined that a slightly curtailed Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed constitutional muster. So, how much did the Court’s decision actually settle? NRF remains determined to repeal or substantially overhaul the ACA. To paraphrase Chief Justice John Roberts, elections do matter. But, just as the judicial process failed […]

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The third day of oral arguments at the Supreme Court focused on what happens if part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is declared unconstitutional. Unlike most complex bills enacted by Congress, the ACA lacks a specific “severability clause” or statement that the rest of the law survives if part of it doesn’t. Today the […]

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Day two of arguments focused on whether Congress has the power to compel citizens – either through its ability to regulate interstate commerce or through its taxation power – to purchase or carry health insurance, known as the individual mandate. There clearly has been a bipartisan argument to be made for an individual mandate; NRF, […]

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The Supreme Court of the United States was the setting for the first of three days of oral arguments on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The question before the Justices today was whether the 19th Century Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) barred consideration of the case by the lower courts (hence, also the Supreme […]

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) reaches its second anniversary today.  Will it reach three? There are things already in effect that should be recognized and celebrated.  Congress – under either party’s control — won’t let these fall by the wayside if PPACA somehow […]

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