Guest Blog Post from Det Ansinn: Why Businesses Need the ACA

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Republicans often talk about the burdens of the ACA on business. So we thought it might be useful to hear from a real businessman about whether the ACA helps or hurts his business. Det Ansinn is a software engineer and entrepreneur who founded his software development company BrickSimple in 2002. It is based in Doylestown, PA, and has offices in three other states and employes over 50 people. BrickSimple creates innovative software for mobile applications.

To help in the fight to preserve the ACA and Medicaid, contact Robin Stelly and [email protected].

The awesome and amazing healthcare plan that I provide my employees across four different states will almost certainly disappear due to higher costs and reduction in coverages enabled by the Republican bill. I will be paying more for less.

As a policy wonk and someone who has been a speaker on healthcare policy, I actually read the whole ACA bill and was part of Obama's White House Business Council as it was implemented. I'm reading through the Republican bill and it reads like a rushed homework assignment. It is a response to ideology and politics rather than something engineered to get improved outcomes.

I write several hundred thousand dollars in checks every year for our premiums. I have paid millions in healthcare premiums for my employees. So, you can spare me your uninformed partisan lecture — I live this stuff. As an entrepreneur, I can tell you that the single most important thing that you can do is take care of your employees. In the United States, a good healthcare plan is good business. The Republican plan hurts the businesses that provide healthcare and those that deliver it.

The death of the individual mandate may make some young, self-employed people rejoice that that they no longer will have to buy health insurance. Of course, the rest of us will be bearing the cost for their lack of personal responsibility through higher premiums and higher care costs when they inevitably get sick.


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