Affordable Health Care Act Woes

The Affordable Health Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is wreaking havoc on small businesses, and especially solo practitioners. Here is an excellent video on the issue by Seattle-based NBC affiliate KING TV.

Here is the problem…

Insurance companies are making changes to their current programs to react to ObamaCare in January of 2014. They are ditching plans and programs they had in place, which were perfectly fine for many. Now those policies will not be around anymore, throwing thousands of people into a quandary of what to do. The options are bad – higher premiums, higher deductibles, and less coverage.

Health care has small business owners and entrepreneurs scrambling. The end of the year is coming up quickly and many problems need to be resolved. Unfortunately, too many politicians are using health care in a tug of war with you in the middle. The best thing you can do is continue to stay informed and keep your options open. Stay tuned and hang on!

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Crazy Rules That Drive You Crazy

The Washington State Officials Association (WOA) which is the governing body of the high school football referees recently called a penalty on their own. It seems that several “rogue referees” decided to use pink whistles last Friday night to show their support of breast cancer awareness. I guess there is a dress code for officials and since this was violated without proper procedure, the rogue refs are being disciplined to the tune of a 2-game suspension and loss of playoffs opportunity. This goes on top of the fact that they donated their game pay for Friday to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Read the article

The part that was really unbelievable (even though it was all absurd) is the president of the association actually saying the refs were a poor role model for kids because they did this heinous act without proper clearance! Perhaps, this association needs to look at new leadership.

How does this apply to you?

There are rules and then there are rules. Some are enough to drive you crazy. Does your organization have rules that are so stringent that common sense won’t allow to bend when necessary? Are some of these rules even needed? What purpose do they meet?

Organizations and individuals can get so wrapped up into their own rules that they breathe in their own exhaust. Don’t get caught in that predicament. Having sound rules and practices is paramount to success. Enforcing crazy rules and not using common sense can have the reverse effect and cause undue embarrassment and loss of reputation.

It’s never a good time for an “unsportsmanlike conduct” penalty!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved