Finance Outline and Impact on Small Business

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee leaked its outline for its health care legislation, partly in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of previous draft language.  The document (seen here) is not legislative language, but the concepts do have some impact on small businesses and associations if they were enacted: The draft incorporates the Small… Read more »

The Price Tag on Senate Health Care Reform and How to Pay for It

Over the past 24 hours, a series of events has moved the question of how to pay for health care reform to the forefront of the debate.  The following timeline shows how this issue has become the biggest roadblock to comprehensive health care reform: •   On June 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sent a letter… Read more »

Charitable Giving Drops 2% in 2008

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that American charitable giving dropped 2% last year, according to the Giving USA Foundation. This was only the second time in the history of the Foundation’s survey that overall charitable giving had decreased; the last time was 1987, the same year as the “Black Monday” stock market drop…. Read more »

A Public Plan Compromise Involving Pooling?

Senators from both parties and key committees are beginning to voice support for an idea proposed by Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) earlier this week that is an alternative to a government-run public insurance company (“public plan”). While complete details have not been released, Conrad’s proposal would allow the creation of a series of state and… Read more »