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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 4, 2011 - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warned on Tuesday that repeal of the health-care overhaul law would add to the federal deficit and bring back the "worst abuses of the insurance industry."

Commentary: A government role in job creation

Aug 9, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 9, 2010 - To succeed, small businesses need fertile ground in which to grow as well as protection against predators and unfair competition. Whether we like it or not, government plays the role of "traffic cop" in our economy; ensuring for everyone, including small businesses, that we are headed in the right direction and avoiding calamitous outcomes.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 8, 2010 - This Friday, the unemployment numbers for July were released. This means another month has passed with Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress doing nothing meaningful to address unemployment. Instead, they keep pushing more taxes, more federal spending and more red tape. If we want to encourage job growth, these are exactly the wrong things to do.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 11, 2010 - When Anthem Blue Cross of California recently proposed double-digit hike in some insurance premiums, the news jolted Arlene Zarembka, a lawyer in Clayton. The owner of a solo law practice, Zarembka has watched helplessly as the cost of health insurance has risen over the years for herself and her office employee.

Zarembka was concerned because she usually hears about her own premiums this time of year. But this year, she and other small business owners are getting a little good news about health-care costs for their employees. The federal health-reform law is expected to make insurance more affordable for some small businesses.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 27, 2010 - Timothy McBride was among economists and social scientists who forecast last year that the time was ripe for health reform. That prediction looked like a certainty until last week's Senate race in Massachusetts when Scott Brown, a Republican, was elected to replace the legendary late Sen. Edward Kennedy. The election deprives Senate Democrats of the magic filibuster-proof 60 votes needed to enact a sweeping health-reform bill.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 17, 2009 - Ask small business owners about the U.S. House's health-reform legislation, and some will say it will take them a while to wade through the proposal. That's understandable because the bill is 2,000 pages long and filled with lots of jargon, such as "health-insurance exchange" and "bundling."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 9, 2009 - On the website for his roofing supply company, Crown C Supply in St. Louis, President Mike Connelly takes a friendly, helpful approach to his potential customers:

"I am well aware of the needs of the guys doing the job," Connelly says. "You want to be profitable. You want the job to turn out well. And most of all, you want the job to go smoothly." He ends with a heartfelt message: "We're Here For You."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 21, 2009 - As a second-generation business owner, Jim Henderson, president of Dynamic Sales of St. Louis, knows all about supplying contractors with everything from extension cords and safety goggles to all manner of steel fasteners -- screws, bolts and clamps.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 26, 2009 - The quality of health care in Missouri is just "average," according to a report released today by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Illinois, though, fares worse; the quality of its health care is rated "weak" in the same report.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 24, 2008 - What do MetroLink, a child-care facility in Wellston and the Danforth Plant Science Center have in common?

They are all -- in some form or other -- on St. Louis County's "wish list" for President-elect Barack Obama's national economic recovery program.

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