GUEST COMMENTARY: Small businesses now have options for affordable health care

Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:22 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 8, 2013

For years, we had a health insurance market that was broken for small businesses. Because they had less bargaining power, small businesses paid an average of 18 percent more for the same health insurance plan offered to the bigger business down the street, and their premiums could skyrocket if a single employee got sick. That made it hard for many small business owners to keep offering coverage and grow their businesses.