A Healthy, Health Care Debate

The national dialogue over health care reform is becoming increasingly shrill and polarized. Opponents and advocates of current bills are squaring off, and town halls are turning into shouting matches. It’s as if whoever can scream the loudest wins. The current “discussions” regarding health care are becoming increasingly less healthy. Like so many national issues, it seems the extremists on both sides are grabbing the headlines and threatening to derail the process of finding productive solutions that the majority of Americans say they want.

For small business owners, two things are clear when it comes to health care:

1) The current bills contain measures that are very troubling for small business, and 2) The status quo is not sustainable for small business either. But our choices aren’t accepting potentially crippling mandates in the current bills, or doing nothing and continuing to watch our health costs increase by double digits. There are hundreds or even thousands of solutions to the health care crises. However, finding a balanced solution that will best serve and satisfy the vast majority of stakeholders will take opening our minds, listening to each other, accepting that it can’t be all or nothing, and working together to find innovative and comprehensive solutions that will cure our health care woes without killing our small businesses.

I encourage you to join in the dialogue as we work together to find health care solutions for ourselves, our children and future generations.

 

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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