Are We any Closer to Relief from Escalating Healthcare Costs?

Anybody who has had to see the doctor or fill a prescription recently wants to know the answer to this question: just when will we see relief from high healthcare costs?

The short answer is: don’t hold your breath for major changes in the law before the 2008 Presidential elections.

However, there are options for keeping healthcare costs down.

Dawn Rivers Baker joined us on Small Business Trends Radio this week to discuss  healthcare.  She covered several important issues, including:

  • The one outstanding tax benefit available to self-employed individuals — and the one tax penalty that only the self-employed have to suffer (yes, the Federal government giveth and taketh away at the same time);
  • The tax treatment of health insurance premiums for small businesses with employees;
  • The best candidates for health savings accounts (HSAs) — and who should stay away from them;
  • Some of the healthcare proposals being made in Congress to address health costs.

Dawn also shares the one thing — the single thing — she would do about the healthcare mess if she were in Congress.  You may be surprised by her answer.

Dawn Rivers Baker is the Publisher of  The MicroEnterprise Journal. Dawn is also the founder and board chairman of The Microbusiness Research Instutite, a non-profit non-partisan research organization whose mission is to collect and publicize data on microbusinesses in the United States and their impact on the larger U.S. economy.

Dawn is a fountain of knowledge on health care. Click the player below to listen to Dawn’s interview.

After you’re done if you still want more information, check out:

The Unhealthy State of Small Business Health Care

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Staci Wood After being a 20+ year member of "the rat race," Staci traded in her office, opted out, and joined the virtual world and the Small Business Trends community. Staci is the Operations Manager for Small Business Trends, LLC and is also the Producer of the Small Business Trends Radio Show.

3 Reactions
  1. Dawn’s stuff is great, and I’m an avid reader! I’m an avid reader of your blog as well.

    Also, thanks for the heads up on GotVMail. We just got that feature up and running in our firm and it’s great!

    Thanks, Jason M. Blumer

  2. Yes, Jason, Dawn’s stuff is great, isn’t it? It’s good to have resources like Dawn around and I’m glad she is so willing to share her expertise.


  3. Health Benefits

    Having no health insurance is hard.