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  •  I'm not going to Europe (1+ / 0-)
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    and since I own a US C-Corp, I'm establishing a Canadian subsidiary under NAFTA.

    My husband is retired and we have solid income apart from our business.

    Really, this isn't something I just decided to do. I actually started researching in 2008 when we were planning to substantially expand our business. In eth process of drafting a business plan, I discovered that with health care costs what they were, I'd need to be spending close to 150K a year on employee health coverage. That was/is a margin a can't afford, even with expansion. And I discovered that the prospects became worse year after year as a i planned for insurance costs to rise by 15% on average. I realized that expanding my business in this country, if I wanted to do it ethically, was nearly impossible in the short term and definitely unsustainable in the long term.

    I explored some options for health care, like HSAs and such, but still there was no satisfactory solution.

    I worked my ass off trying to get a good health care law passed, one that would make it unnecessary for me to have to uproot my life and my business of 15 years and go somewhere else at my age. But the law that was passed won't help me.

    So I have a choice: stay here and stay stagnant. Give up on the things I wanted to do with my business; or hire 20 year olds who dont cost anything (but also don't know enough); or play the "part-timer" game where I don't have to offer benefits to anyone even though they work for me 34 hours a week; or leave and establish my business somewhere where I would be free to hire the most experienced and/or best person for the job without considering whether they have health problems or kids; somewhere I can put 150K I would have had to spend on health coverage in the US toward on site day care for my employees or educational grants or higher pay rates; or corporate charitable donations; somewhere I can see my employees as partners in the business and not expenditures; where i can operate within my conscience and achieve the things I set out to do professionally and personally.

    THIS is why I have made the decision to leave. I;m lucky. I'm in a position to do so. I will take as many with me as I can, many I've met right here on DKos.

    This, I feel, is my only choice.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

    by mdmslle on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 11:17:25 AM PST

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    •  mdmslle, your comment is a beacon. As a former (1+ / 0-)
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      project manager for the health insurance industry, new client implementations, I totally understand the cost/benefit equation.

      With global warning, a move north looks better by the day.

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