How Will ObamaCare Affect My Small Business? 11 Points

I had one of my newest employees, Jimmy, do some research into how ObamaCare will affect small businesses for me.  Here is what he found:

  • Companies with 50+ employees are required to provide minimum health care package to employees or pay $2,000 per employee per year
  • Increased premiums for smaller businesses
  • 2.3% surcharge on medical device manufacturers
  • Panel of people to determine what is or is not cost-effective
  • 2.3% charge on any retired person making more than $80,000
  • 16,000 new IRS employees to manage tax bureaucracy
  • 10% excise tax on indoor UV tanning
  • New health insurance tax on small businesses that is distributed across health insurance providers which will be $8 billion in 2014 and grow to $14.5 billion in 2018
  • First decade the health insurance tax will impose new taxes of $87.4 billion
  • 1099 reporting requirement requires businesses to issue a tax form for every transaction over $600
  • Medicare payroll tax increases from 1.45% to 2.35% for individuals making more than $200k or couples making more than $250k

Healthiest Meal To Lose Weight Fast

I don’t ordinarily blog about topics like weight loss or food to eat, but I thought that there is such a huge quantity of misinformation out there by people trying to sell you their crappy supplement or weird meal that I would publish some good information on the healthiest meal you can eat to lose weight fast.

I have done extensive research about the best foods for your brain and the best foods to eat for a healthy heart and lifestyle and here is what I have found the top foods are:

  • Vegetables (raw ginger root, raw garlic, red cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, onions)
  • Fruits (blueberries, blackberries, sweet cherries, red delicious apples w/ skin, avacado)
  • Nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts)
  • Fish (salmon, trout, herring, sardines)

Benefits of eating these foods as a healthy meal to lose weight:

  • You can eat a LOT of them, get full and you actually have not consumed many calories
  • Each of these foods listed above is a “super food” with massive nutritional benefits
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer enormously
  • Feel great all day long with no drop in energy

Fairly obvious stuff right? You’ve heard all of this before, but who wants to eat that stuff or try to prepare it?

For two years now I have owned a blender (first a cheap $50 one from Costco and now the $400 Blendtec) and have used these blenders to prepare about half of all the calories that I consume.

Using the blender to mix the foods above (except fish of course)  is in my opinion the best way to consume them.  You can make tasty drinks that require very little effort or thought.  When you first start blending, you will probably eat TONS of fruits (cuz of the sweet flavor), but eventually you should transition to eating more vegetables.  Here are a couple of my blender drink recipes:

Beginner

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries
  • 1/3 cup of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • Water / Milk

Intermediate

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of baby carrots
  • Water

Advanced

  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries
  • Big chunk of raw ginger
  • salmon oil
  • flax seeds
  • pecans
  • water

Rafting Trip Friday July 6th

Below are all the photos from my rafting trip on July 6th, 2012 with Shawn & Melissa Sturzen and Justin White. It was a lot of fun!

LinkedIn Attacks My Address Book!

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They put the button right next to another one to add a single person you know.

Ugh.

Marina Del Rey Harbor Cruise with Scott

My friend Scott is a hotel concierge at the Thompson. As a hotel concierge he gets invited to restaurants, bars,  nightclubs, cruises, plays, shows, surfing lessons and parasailing lessons all for free by entertainment business owners who want him to refer customers to them. Tonight he and I went on a comped cruise in Marina Del Rey… and he won a $100 visa card!

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Seattle Visit: HS Reunion and Rafting Trip

A couple of weeks ago I visited my Seattle office and worked up there. I also had three fun events: the birth of my first niece, my ten year high school reunion, and a rafting trip with Justin White, Shawn and Melissa Sturzen.  Great fun!

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