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Small Business Owners' Guide to the Election

By: Kent Hoover, Bizjournals
Posted: October 17, 2008

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Obama, by contrast, would require all but the smallest employers to provide health insurance to their workers or pay additional taxes to the government. Small businesses would receive a tax credit to help offset the cost of health insurance.

John McCain’s plan:

  • Would provide a refundable tax credit of $2,500 to individuals ($5,000 per family) for health insurance premiums; employer-provided benefits would be treated as income.
  • Would allow individuals to purchase health insurance nationwide, across state lines.
  • Would work with states to establish a guaranteed access plan for individuals who have been denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions or other reasons.
  • Barack Obama’s plan:

    • Would create a national health insurance exchange for individuals to buy coverage, including a government-sponsored plan similar to the one offered to federal employees.
    • Would provide small businesses with a tax credit to offset the cost of health insurance premiums.
    • Would require larger employers to pay additional taxes if they don’t provide health insurance.

    Sources: McCain, Obama campaigns

    Individuals could buy insurance from a national health insurance exchange, which would offer various plans, including a government-sponsored plan similar to the coverage now provided to federal employees.