Commenter: The New System Will Enhance Entrepreneurship

By Megan McArdle

Meanwhile, commenter jreffell says:


As a counter: I'm in the tech industry, and I've been postponing my "strike out on my own" phase until reform was enacted. And some of the folks I'd like to strike out with are in the same boat. For us, the biggies are the end to rescission, end to annual and lifetime caps, and especially the pre-existing condition rules. 

(Megan, your distinction between consulting and startups is messy here -- there are a lot of examples where startups have used a consulting phase to bootstrap, or consultancies have generated startups.)

I think the emphasis on "young" in the above comment is revealing -- maybe now we'll see more folks with families willing to take the jump. I've definitely seen a career pattern where startups center around the before-family and after-the-kids-are-grown phases, with a big-company stage while raising kids. Much of this is probably due to non-healthcare factors, but in my case, healthcare has been the biggie.

Whether we'll actually strike out, and whether we'll be successful and transformative -- well, check back in a few years, eh?

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