Category Archives: Health Care

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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While it seems like Washington was stuck in gridlock for much of 2013, NRF made significant headways – both on Capitol Hill and in the Courts. Here’s a quick rundown of five major actions that impacted retailers this year: The Senate passed sales tax fairness legislation. On May 6, 2013 the Senate voted in favor […]

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With the government shutdown and the federal budget and debt ceiling debacle temporally in the rearview mirror and the holidays fast approaching, it is a good time to take stock of the American consumer and the broader national economy. It is also a good opportunity to look ahead to the next few months.

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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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Today marks one year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutionally viable. But the debate hasn’t let up since then. Days after NRF Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Council Neil Trautwein testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the […]

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Wrapping up National Small Business Week, it’s appropriate to recognize that there are decisions being made by policymakers every day in Washington that have an impact on small retail businesses and the contributions they make to the American economy.  These issues have a very real impact on Main Street retailers that support our communities and […]

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The first time I ever wrote about health care reform was around 1980, when health maintenance organizations were becoming popular and I was a young newspaper reporter with a vested interest – I was making the move from my parents’ policy to getting health care benefits of my own. HMOs were the health care “reform” […]

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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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