It's not news that many people - on either side of the aisle -
were expecting. However, less than a year after the passage of the
Democratic Party's landmark healthcare reform bill, there appears
to have been a significant positive effect on the adoption of
healthcare plans by small businesses.
The surprise comes from the fact that many opponents predicted the
healthcare offerings by small and medium-sized busineses, while
even the measure's proponents didn't expect to see benefits so
The motive, say insurers who are getting a surge of new business
from small firms, is a tax incentive that essentially makes it
cheaper for these small operations to offer their employees
healthcare benefits. Many workers get jobs partly - or exclusively
- to get regular health
, so these small businesses might see an opportunity to
differentiate themselves in a slowly recovering labor market.
Los Angeles Times
published a report on the phenomenon, interviewing numerous health
insurance providers around the nation.
Take UnitedHealth Group, the largest insurer in the
country, for instance. Since March, it has added 75,000 new
customers working for companies with fewer than 50 employees.
National statistics will be available once 2010's tax bill is
calculated and collected; however, the boost could be significant.
A small business with just a handful of employees can save as much
as 35 percent of the its healthcare spending through the