Trump's health care rule will be a boon to black entrepreneurs

Trump's health care rule will be a boon to black entrepreneurs
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In a 2014 interview with NBA Star Charles Barkley, President Obama said he liked the term “ObamaCare” and that “five years from now, when everybody’s saying, ‘Man, I’m sure glad we got health care,’ there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don’t call it ObamaCare anymore because they don’t want me to get the credit.”

That bold prediction has yet to ring true for many Americans who are small business owners and sole proprietors. The U. S. Department of Labor estimates there are nearly 11 million of those entrepreneurial Americans without healthcare because, even after all the promises of access and affordability from President Obama, Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democrat leaders, they still can’t afford to buy health insurance.

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Despite the efforts of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE and the Republican-led House to repeal and replace this deeply flawed and costly legislation with something much better for the American people, we are still stuck with this broken system of healthcare known as ObamaCare. For the three million uninsured working small business owners (or their dependents) and the eight million uninsured employees of small businesses (or their dependents), help is on the way.

The help is not coming from President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE or the Democrats. President Trump signed an Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States last October. The Presidential Executive Order expands access to Associated Health Plans (AHP) to small business owners so they can compete in the marketplace just like larger companies can to obtain more affordable healthcare options for themselves and their employees.  

Currently, under the direction of Secretary Acosta, the U.S. Department of Labor is near the end of a 60 day comment period for this proposed rulemaking change. Members of the public have been sending in their feedback on the proposed rule so that a final decision can be made on the parameters of the change and how it would be implemented this year.

Yes, that means in 2018, there would be more opportunities for access to healthcare for the backbone of America’s economic system, those 11 million small business owners and sole proprietors.  

For example, under this proposed rule change requested by President Trump, a group of beauty salon owners in Phoenix, Ariz., could come together and form their own Small Business Health Plan and access the same healthcare options as one large company can under the current system.  Additionally, sole proprietors could create a Small Business Health Plan by industry.  Graphic designers nationwide could for their own group and really be able to have the peace of mind of having health insurance while still being their own boss.  

Let’s unpack exactly who could benefit from this important option. We all know this month, February, is set aside to honor the achievements of African Americans. According to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, in 2012 African-Americans owned 2.6 million small businesses and employed 975,000 people contributing more than $150 billion to the American economy.  In 2017, the percentage of black-owned business owners increased by 34 percent so this rule would have direct impact on the black community for those millions that are small business owners or sole proprietors currently living, working and trying to have their version of the American dream without being able to afford ObamaCare.

2018 is proving to be the year of opportunity for the American people under the Trump administration. Whether it is the Computer Science Initiative giving opportunities to local school districts and students, the Investing in Opportunity Act-giving companies unique opportunities to invest in fragile communities serving significant minority populations, or the Tax Cut and Jobs Act-giving more middle-class Americans the opportunity to save more of their income while creating more opportunities for companies to invest in America workers, or this important Labor Department rule making change on the horizon giving 11 million people an opportunity to access affordable healthcare options.

It is evident President Trump is doing exactly what he said he was going to do and that is something worth celebrating. Smart policy changes like this will help Make America Great Again and the credit will go to President Donald J. Trump.

Paris Dennard (@PARISDENNARD) is a communications strategist and GOP political commentator who has worked in the George W. Bush White House, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and most recently works on behalf of the nation’s public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).