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French Fudging May Point to Coming Business Loopholes in US on Employer Mandates

New Orleans     The headline in the Times spoke of “the 49ers of France,” conjuring up images of the 49ers of California Gold Rush fame, drawing me in completely. These 49ers though were small business owners who moved heaven and earth to not allow their businesses to reach 50 employees which would in the Times’ words, “unleash nearly three dozen French labor [...]

Taking the Affordable Out of the Affordable Care Act

Shreveport          Two different federal appeals courts, one in the notoriously Republican-dominated, 2nd Circuit in Washington, DC, and the other a bit more mainstream in Richmond, Virginia came down with contradictory decisions on whether or not the Affordable Care Act allows subsidies to be given in the 36 states where Governors and state legislators have stood [...]

Sodexo Stumbles While Squeezing Through Obamacare Loophole

New Orleans   Obamacare continues to be contentious with daily reports arguing about the issue from Nobel Prize economist and columnist Paul Krugman’s assessment of the good news to more conservative pundits arguing we are on the verge of huge price shocks coming in the 2015 rating levels.  One thing that continues to be indisputable is [...]

Affordable Care Challenges and Contradictions Blocking Progress

Bristol     Yes, the Affordable Care Act is not the same as single-payer, national health insurance assuring good standards and care for all, and we all know that, but that doesn’t mean that the constant tensions and contradictions won’t continue to create a centrifugal force on all sides to force more change.   There are many cases [...]

More Dilution of Affordable Care Act for Lower Income Workers

London    We may think that Congress does nothing but try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and although they do a whole lot of that, like it or not both parties do come together every blue moon to amend the Affordable Care Act, but when they do so, it’s not necessarily a win for the [...]

Are New Obamacare Rules Another Step Backward for Low Wage Workers?

New Orleans    It isn’t hard to understand the thinking behind the new IRS regulations to clarify the rules for employers who might be trying to hustle the margins on the Affordable Care Act and “dump” workers onto the system to save a couple of bucks.  The problem is that the rules completely ignore the reality [...]