Economic hope seen

March 15, 2010
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The American economy has been suffering ever since the U.S. financial system nearly crashed in late 2008. The onset of the recession jeopardized the survival of American businesses, many of which had to declare bankruptcy. As a result, the unemployment rates skyrocketed and almost 15 million workers have found themselves jobless.

Although it seemed like the economy would never bounce back, the Commerce Department reported on Friday that the nation’s gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s economic activity, grew 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter. The report, which revealed the greatest enhancement in the U.S. economy in six years, signals hope for small business owners and the unemployed.

The statistics have economists predicting that the recession is behind us, with some thinking we probably left it in the summer. Even though it looks like there is hope for the future economy of America, the road to recovery is going to be hard and need a lot of work. 

Central banks will need to keep their interest rates low in order to support the economy and American business. Also, health care decisions must be made that benefit and help support small businesses as the increasing cost of insurance is only making it more difficult for companies to stay afloat. The recently Senate-approved Job Creation Bill also provides a glimmer of hope for small business owners, as it means employers will receive a tax credit for hiring new workers. 

Unfortunately, the recovery has been less apparent to the typical American as job losses continue. The latest numbers showing that joblessness claims have gone up 12 percent in recent weeks. Because it is difficult to create jobs overnight, the unemployed must be educated on affordable health insurance options. Many can’t afford the most expensive plans like COBRA, so as a result, most of their unemployment benefits are lost to health insurance. If companies can start seeing a surge in revenue and business owners can start hiring, the economy may find itself continuing to trend upwards.

Daniel Touizer is founder and CEO of Cinergy Health.

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