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Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM
THE PRINTING INDUSTRIES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (PIASC) WEEKLY UPDATE FOR JULY 9, 2012, PROVIDED SOME HELPFUL COMMENTARY on the current status of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. As most readers know, the Supreme Court found that this legislation was constitutional. So what’s next?
“The answer is nothing much really until January 1, 2014,” says PIASC. “The excise tax
on medical devices and prescription drugs comes into being, which will make health coverage
somewhat more expensive. There will also be surtax on unearned income
for persons with higher incomes.” The newsletter goes on to clarify that
changes that have
already occurred (adult children to age twenty-six, preventive care) will remain in place.
NOVEMBER HOLDS THE KEY
“In 2014, the whole system will be changed (or perhaps it won’t) depending on what the new Ad‑ ministration and Congress elected in November decides to do,” says PIASC. “There are significant numbers of people who are opposed to the whole of PPACA or parts thereof, as it has no provision for reducing overall health care spending and will likely increase it. Given this, it is likely that a significant modification of the plan will occur next year.”
Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News reports that implementing the law is expected to cost about $1 trillion over nine years, “much of that for the insurance subsidies and expansion of Medicaid, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That is slated to be paid for through savings wrung from Medicare, along with new taxes on industry and high-income earners.”
SOME POINTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Earlier this year, WebMD highlighted four things small business owners should know about health care reform, including the following:
A BIG EMPLOYEE TURNOVER?
Some surprising observations come from Inc.com’s Kimberly Weisel, who predicts a lot of turnover: “In entrepreneurship, it’s long been said that the single best asset an entrepreneur can have is a spouse with a steady job and health insurance,” she writes. “Now it seems the second half of that qualification is about to vanish.”
I don’t think this will be quite the issue Weisel expects. Unfortunately, many would-be entrepreneurs will be thwarted by the still-stagnant job market. Presumably, one would also want a spouse with a steady income while launching a startup.
A CASE FOR EMAIL AND PRINT
Finally, Craig Silverman of the journalism watchdog group Poynter.org analyzes how at least two major new outlets botched their initial reports. Silverman faulted the journalists but also took the court to task.
The Supreme Court declined to email the decision: Reporters on the scene were given printed handouts, and all others were directed to the court’s website. The website crashed under the volume of traffic and was down for 30 minutes. “A technology failure at the court restricted the flow of information, which in turn had the effect of giving greater prominence to places like CNN and Fox News,” Silverman observes. “When they too failed, it had a cascading effect.”
Cleary, this was a missed opportunity for integrated print! Watch CNN explain Health care reform B2MeMag.com/3S32