Revised CBO Estimate Shows AHCA Still a Disaster for Small Businesses
Statement from CEO John Arensmeyer on the CBO's estimate on the impact of the American Health Care Act and how it will harm small businesses. 

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On May 18, California Director Mark Herbert spoke at a press conference in Sacramento alongside California Treasurer John Chiang and California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León about the future of California's Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program.

On April 18, Colorado Outreach Manager Tim Gaudette was appointed by the Colorado Insurance Commissioner to the Consumer Insurance Council, where he will provide insight on behalf of the small business community on health insurance issues in the state.

On March 30, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll that found the majority of small businesses support paid family and medical leave insurance programs. Seven in 10 respondents support the FAMILY Act, which would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program funded by modest contributions from both employees and employer contributions, and would allow employees to receive up to 12 weeks of partial income when they need to take time off to care for a new child or a sick family member.

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On March 23, Small Business Majority released a new scientific opinion poll that found small businesses favor the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the Republican replacement plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a 2:1 ratio. Results show small businesses oppose key components of the AHCA, and the only specifics of the plan that they do support are provisions already available under the ACA. 

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On March 22, Small Business Majority released a new scientific opinion poll that found freelancers and self-employed entrepreneurs are doing reasonably well financially in the post-recession economy, but many are not able to save for retirement. As a result, they support portable retirement vehicles that address the flexible nature of their work. 

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With lawmakers in Washington, D.C. working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer took to television to tell MSNBC's J.J. Ramberg why the ACA is working for small employers.

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On February 13, Small Business Majority sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to oppose HJR 66 and HJR 67, which would overturn the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule enabling states to establish retirement savings plans for private sector workers. Striking down this rule would have a chilling effect on states that are setting up their own retirement savings programs, which would be harmful to small businesses and their employees. 

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On February 9, Small Business Majority launched a new sign-on campaign where small business owners can voice their support for upholding the Affordable Care Act.

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On February 7, Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer provided remarks at the Insure the Uninsured Project's (ITUP) 21st Annual Conference as the incoming Board Chair for ITUP. He also spoke on a panel about state and federal advocacy efforts surrounding healthcare reform about the importance of the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and the self-employed.

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On January 12, the Treasury Department released a new report that found the health insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act have been an important resource for entrepreneurs, and that one in five consumers in 2014 was a small business owner, self-employed or both. 

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