Small Businessman Lou Meyers: H115 health exchange bill bad for business

Durham, NC small businessman Lou Meyers left his small business today (April 19, 2011) to come down and give the NC General Assembly a piece of his mind. His concern is with the health insurance industry-backed “exchange” bill (H115 – Dockham) that would set up a marketplace for small businesses to pick health plans in NC under health reform. With health insurers running the show, Meyers is highly skeptical that any small business owner is going to get a good deal on health coverage:

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2 Comments

  1. Jack

    April 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

    At yesterday’s committee meeting all of what Lou said was said with passion. He is correct. The deck is staked against the consumer and small business and it will be business as usual for the health-care industry.

    Politicos speak up in favor of small business when it’s convenient to do so. NCGA bill H115 isn’t one of those times as it is not the time to speak out in favor of the citizens of NC.

  2. peggy herring

    April 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    For some reason I sense, from my position behind the camera peering into the
    meeting, lawmakers for the “stacked deck” and insurance executives rolling their
    heads, almost saying out loud that small business owners, and large businesses
    for that matter, don’t get it, don’t understand the big picture, can’t possible
    comprehend the complexity.
    >> You know- they’re right! I just can’t wrap my mind around the reason health
    care has to be so complex. Why the little old ladies and aging old men, that
    have worked hard all their lives and had statutory withholdings, can’t
    understand their medical and prescription coverage or the reduction of said
    coverage; why they are forced to peer into the future to predict what coverage
    will be best for them in the next plan year; why the average employee doesn’t
    understand how to utilize their basic coverage for medical and prescription
    coverage or why every American that is forced to accept a new carrier must
    familiarize themselves with the “new plan” and all of its nuances.
    >> Why is it a college-educated individual can secure employment with a local
    company and, because of the demographics of the company, have expensive, limited
    coverage of health care? Yet, a high school dropout with a GED can secure
    employment with a large corporation and have excellent low-cost coverage due to
    the demographics of that company. Doesn’t fit in with the old adage “the harder
    you work the more you will achieve.” Just in case you didn’t notice, good
    health care is not something you achieve-it is something you LUCK into. These
    days, not too many Americans are lucky!
    >> Health care reform? Is that truly the correct definition to use? Obviously
    those involved with health care reform as we currently know it are so far
    removed from reality they can’t possible understand the contemptuous view most
    AVEREAGE Americans have of their detestable REFORM. These reformers
    forget-there are more AVERAGE Americans than not. I am one such AVERAGE
    AMERICAN