Commentary on Affordable Care Act / ObamaCare

October 28, 2013

ACA: Current and future disruptions, cancellations and limited health choices

Barbara Carrasco, Guest columnist, The El Paso Times writes “Will the insured end up in emergency rooms because of a shortage of health-care providers, thus having solved nothing?”


ACA: The regulate-subsidize-mandate apparatus

At a recent meet and greet session at Grand Central Station train depot, in Kingstree, SC, US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) said, “There were fifteen percent of the people uninsured before it started.  At the end of 10th year estimates are there will still be 10 percent of the country still uninsured after spending $3 trillion. It simply cannot work.” 


ACA: Good for you and me but not for them

Michaele Duke, Guest columnist, The Kingstree News writes “In 2011, 200 economists asked Congress to repeal the act. More recently, the unions have demanded a reinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act so the exchange subsidies, which are intended for the uninsured, are available to their members. And what about big industry who has been granted waivers and Congress and their staff granted exemptions from certain provisions? Is it good for you and me but not for them? And as this information is either agreed upon or argued as misleading, what are we to believe?”


ACA: Bypassing

An Editorial in The Boston Globe, “It’s worth noting that in the 14 states that set up their own exchanges — thus bypassing — the process has generally gone smoothly. Further, a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit whose health care research is widely respected, has found that in most states, the prices for health coverage are affordable, especially when federal subsidies are factored in.


“But this error-plagued episode should teach the president and his team a painful lesson about attention to details. The administration says the problems are now being worked on virtually around the clock. Still, if those problems persist too far into the winter, the administration should postpone both the enrollment deadline, which is currently March 31, and the penalties for failing to carry health-insurance coverage.


“It is obviously reluctant to do anything that would delay the centerpiece of its program, particularly if doing so would make ObamaCare more of an issue in the 2014 congressional elections. But simple fairness should dictate whether people have sufficient opportunity to sign up before any fines are applied.”

Speaking Out for The Contractor During The Federal Government Shutdown

October 15, 2013

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: The shutdown making it hard for some small businesses to do business. The owner of one Virginia company it not only losing money, she may lose her workers too.

Lynn Petrazzuolo is president and CEO of Avanti Corporation. She joins us.

Nice to see you.


VAN SUSTEREN: What’s your business?

PETRAZZUOLO: Avanti Corporation does environmental management for federal clients. We do environmental assessments. We help write the federal regulations for environmental issues and we do remediation on super fund sites.

VAN SUSTEREN: It’s seems to me there’s two issues. One is any business you might want to get since October 1st, since the shutdown. But the other is for completed business for which the government might owe you any money. Does the government owe you for any completed money as of October 1st?



PETRAZZUOLO: We invoice monthly. And the government is very good about paying every 30 days, until now. They owe us right now over $80,000. That’s over 30 days. But we have submitted invoices for last month, which we have completed the work, so we’re looking at more like $230,000.

VAN SUSTEREN: And so, what — I take it you can’t pay your employees then?

PETRAZZUOLO: I have been paying them out of a line of credit. I have some very entry level employees and I know they have rents and car payments and I have given them an advance on their pay.

VAN SUSTEREN: If this goes on another month?

PETRAZZUOLO: Can’t do it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Just let them go? Fire them? Lay them off I guess is a more —


PETRAZZUOLO: Right. Right now, everyone is furloughed. I had a meeting this morning and we discussed options. It’s been day to day, week to week. I can pay through this Friday. I can probably swing one more payroll. But that’s going to be it. It’s about $50,000 every two weeks.

VAN SUSTEREN: How many employees do you have?


VAN SUSTEREN: So I guess you are real pleased with what’s going on on Capitol Hill?


VAN SUSTEREN: It’s unbelievable, isn’t it?

PETRAZZUOLO: It’s unbelievable. And to watch the pizzas coming in and sort of the joviality that’s going on, it’s very maddening.

VAN SUSTEREN: I guess I shouldn’t be so flip about it then. I’m sort of flip. I guess I’m — I feel a little bit sarcastic, I get flip about it because — but it does hurt people.

PETRAZZUOLO: It does. And it — and you have to laugh. You have to make the jokes where you can. But, at the same time, you know, there is a lot of angst and lost sleep.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know what is really painful to me? Is the fact that we all knew September 30th was going to roll around. And for some reason — I don’t mean to kick a dead horse. But they all went on vacation in early August. You run a business. Would you have ever taken a five- week vacation beginning August, or whatever recess, whatever you want to call it, knowing September 30th was going to roll around and you would have a problem?

PETRAZZUOLO: No. No, I’m in the office every day now trying to figure out what to do and how I’m going to pay people and how we are going it get more work. And we have a couple tiny projects still going, trying to figure out how many people I can cover with that.

VAN SUSTEREN: It’s very painful. It enrages me when I meet small business owners like you. Because this isn’t just a game. This affects lives.

PETRAZZUOLO: Right. Right. When they talk about kicking the can down the road, will they actually do anything before that deadline comes again?

VAN SUSTEREN: They’ll just put you through the same thing.


VAN SUSTEREN: It’s awful.

Anyway, Lynn, I hope that, you know — at least one thing the deadline does it is it sometimes gets action.


VAN SUSTEREN: The last one didn’t do it but we have got another one coming up in about two days.

Thank you, Lynn.





Federal Allies News October 2013

October 11, 2013

Letter from the Executive Director

Fort Meade, Maryland is Growing Tremendously. 

With tight budgets and collaboration common issues among many governments worldwide, the U.S.A. sequester has left the surge in Cyber Command and Cyber Domain at Fort Meade including National Security Agency alone.  The size and strategic importance and scope and complexity of Fort Meade’s 54,000 military and civilian employees, 116 tenant organizations, post-BRAC includes 16 major construction projects counting NSA as a single project.

Bound for Maryland is between $900 million (U.S. House) and $1 billion (U.S. Senate) in military construction according to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Md., Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Construction is the fifth largest employment segment in the Maryland economy.

At the recent Air Force Association conference, “We are experiencing a short term fiscal crush,” said, Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force who seeks a 5th generation fleet of 1,763.  With reduction in budgets worldwide, collaboration among allies is more and more necessary.  Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, says that we must “Hug them a little closer”.

Federal Allies institute

Growing a partnering culture with agencies and industry includes a membership at Federal Allies Institute.  Opportunity for collaboration can be found among our members.   Developing a relationship at the time of bidding on a contract with someone you have never met before is not possible.  You can’t surge trust.  Trust has to be built over time.  Trust and capabilities sharing partnerships can be developed at FAI.  And this includes preparation, hard work, and learning from failure, training, and education to make you fully capable.


Congratulations to Brandon LaBonte and Michael Matechak of Ardent Management Consulting, Inc. (ArdentMC) and Pan America Computers, Inc. (PCITec) joint venture Ardent Eagle, JV, LLC, recipient of the prime contract number HSHQDC-13-D-E2042.

In This Edition

We welcome the first article by a FAI Chapter Chair, of Texas.  Interviewed is Gary Lindner of PeopleFund.

Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. begins a series on health care and the Affordable Care Act just as Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports the highest CEO turnover of health care executives during the third quarter.  The series promises to be informative and useful to small business.

Emerging Leadership

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to welcome new members: SBC Global, Front Rowe, Inc., SINTEL Group, Inc., and Distinctive Health Care.

As we celebrate our first five years and a growing membership, FAI Membership Committee Chairperson Patricia Driscoll plans additional meetings, receptions, and even golf outings to identify new members and members who seek volunteer leadership roles at FAI including positions on the Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors.

Prior to 2014 a member of the FAI Board may have been called upon to perform in a wide variety of capacities including policy, working, and advisory.  Beginning January 1, 2014 the board will concern itself only with policy decisions and will meet in January, March, September, and December.

As the original strategist, founder and now Executive Director of what was once a small cadre of early believers, it is a privilege for me to now be able to involve more members in a process so vital to FAI’s future.   The following have been enlisted to review candidates to lead the 2014 Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors: 2013 FAI Board Chair Frank Clay, Jr., FAI Board Chair Emeritus Mary Fae Kamm, strategic planning committee members Raymond F. Goodrich, Michael Matechak, and the Executive Director.

Nominations for 2014 Chairman of the Board, Federal Allies Institute

Following an extensive meeting at Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, Maryland nominations are sought for 2014 Chairman of the Board.

Membership Elections to Expand the Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors November 4, 2013

The 10 day membership voting process is to begin November 4, 2013 and end November 13, 2013.  All member firms in good standing will each be asked to complete and return an election ballot.  The ballot will include space for write-in candidates.

David T. Boddie, Executive Director