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Monday, July 18, 2011
Posted by Mike Beene - Exchanges are perhaps the most appealing feature of the health care reform law to those on both sides of the debate. Many believe that exchanges will survive even if the law does not. There were broad calls for reform to the market for people who buy their own coverage long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was born. And exchanges are not a new creation. Several states had them before the PPACA was even written. An exchange as envisioned by the PPACA is a marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop ...
Friday, July 15, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - In college, I took my first entrepreneurship class the last semester of senior year. It was the first intro class I’d taken since sophomore year, and I was a bit peeved when I entered the lecture hall and realized we had assigned seating. "What is this, high school?" I remember muttering under my breath. However, my initial disgruntlement turned into amusement when Prof. Costa, the health-care executive-turned-professor, shocked the class with his frank assessment of the upcoming semester: “I know you guys took 101 for the easy A,” he declared. “It’s easy to get an A ...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - On Tuesday, I attended a Chamber of Commerce event entitled, “Controlling Costs: The Price of Good Health”. Mike Beene, our Senior Health Policy Advisor, spoke on behalf of the self-employed, as mentioned in a previous blog post. It was great to see the NASE represented among heavy hitters like Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Deputy Chief of Staff for President Obama Nancy-Ann DeParle.  I thought the speakers were very interesting, and the more and more I go to these kind of events, the more I realize that health ...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson – NASE Senior Health Policy Advisor Michael Beene is speaking today at a joint Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on “Controlling Costs: The Price of Good Health.” The day-long event features multiple speakers, with guests including Douglas Elmendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.); and Nancy-Ann DeParle, President Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff.  Senior Health Policy Advisor Beene will be speaking on one of this afternoon’s panels regarding the need for employer flexibility. Beene will be reminding the panel that Essential Health Benefits ...
Monday, July 11, 2011
Q: I want to use a name for BBQ competitions and eventually a restaurant but an internet search shows at multiple companies using that name. How do you find out if the name has a copyright? Finally, would a different spelling allow me to use the name? A: Let’s start with a little clarification of your question ... you don’t Copyright a business name. To protect the use of the identity of a business you use either federal or state trademark and registration laws. The key factor to naming your business is that you don’t conflict in commerce with another business using the same ...
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - How was your Independence Day? Jaimie and I came down to the office on the Fourth to see the fireworks. The NASE's D.C. office is located right across from the National Archives, and the 13th floor rooftop has a great view of the Washington Monument. Apparently, people who work at the office building are all given passes to see the fireworks so instead of braving through the Mall, we had a much more private experience. Going home after the fireworks was ridiculous, though. I barely made it onto a train and I couldn’t help but ...
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Posted by Kristie Arslan - America's lawmakers are working frantically to craft a solution to the ballooning federal deficit and the rapidly approaching August 2 debt ceiling deadline. Tough decisions abound about whether to let the nation default on its debt, how to pay down the deficit if the debt ceiling is increased and whether certain tax cuts can be extended to help grow the economy. Leaders from both parties are embroiled in the debt drama leaving taxpayers and the financial markets to wonder if there is any hope that Congress can balance our nation's books. This exercise hits close ...
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - Former President Bill Clinton will be in Chicago for the next two days to lead the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference. It will be attended by a who’s who list of influential individuals around the country, nearly 700 in all. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (who recently testified at a hearing Jaimie attended), and Mayor of Chicago and former Clinton and Obama aide Rahm Emanuel, will be there. Governors and mayors from all around the country are also scheduled to attend, along with startup founders like Tony Hsieh of Zappos. Founded in 2005, ...
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - Finding seed money to start up is always a challenging endeavor. After all, if a venture capitalist invests money in a startup, he must be willing to part with it all. But have no fear, it seems like one national government is heeding the challenge, offering a $40,000 subsidy for six months and a temporary one-year visa to attract entrepreneurs to the country. Where is this bastion of generosity, you ask? Look south, even further south than Texas to...Chile. Created by Chile’s Ministry of Economy, Start-Up Chile, as the program is called, seeks to attract foreign, high-potential ...
Friday, June 24, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - One of the many perks of being a NASE Advocacy Intern (aside from the near unlimited supply of M&Ms and working with the fabulous staff and fellow intern Jaimie), is the chance to go on legislative hearings. This Wednesday, my first week at work and only my third time in DC, I was instructed to go on a hearing entitled “Lifting the Weight of Regulations: Growing Jobs by Reducing Regulatory Burdens”. This was a topic I was particularly interested in, as my family owns a small business as well. Apparently, all hearings are open to ...

 

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Katie Vlietstra - As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall. 

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