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Monday, January 7, 2008

Clinton, Edwards health plans: Good for small business?

As the political season heats up, small and large businesses are examining the presidential candidates' health care reform plans.

One of the key distinctions this time seems to be whether the government should require individuals to buy health insurance or whether employers should be required to provide it.

According to a recent story in the L.A. Times, two Democratic plans--Hillary Clinton's and John Edwards's--appear to be popular with small businesses because they want to make coverage universal by requiring individuals to buy it.

The article on the candidates' health care plans is summarized on the Kaiser Family Foundation's Health08.org site.

Here's an excellent rundown on a variety of healthcare reform proposals from a business point of view by the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.

I'll be following the candidates' health reform plans throughout the election seasons. Not only is the issue important to individuals, it's vital to companies that insure employees and want to keep them well.

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