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Random Violence, Steady Support for Attack Victim

After being attacked in the Strip District, a Regent Square man was left with a fractured jaw, loose teeth, astronomical bills—and a throng of neighbors lending their help.

When William Reed Wingo went out one Saturday, he figured on it being a wild night—“wild” by his standards, anyway.

He finished work (he’s the catering manager at Square Café, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"the-square-cafe-2"} --> in Regent Square), went for a six-mile run (he’s also the founder of the

Nina Wolf September 18, 2012 at 09:45 PM
As another small business (right in that same area) who also strives to be socially responsible, I may be able to answer the question above - it is impossible for us to find health insurance even for ourselves, let alone for our employees. If we don't have spouses who can carry us on their policies, we go without. This is a problem for every small business person I know, and every self employed person. It is not through lack of caring for our employees that we fail, it is though lack of any coverage approaching affordability. It is a nightmare, and it keeps us all up at night. We don't take this lightly. - Wolf, Animal Nature
Nina Wolf September 18, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Animal Nature will be donating our profits from the day of William's run to the fund for his dental work. We hereby challenge all other neighborhood businesses to do the same! Join us in putting your money where William's mouth is! (We are also awaiting confirmation of the run date and will be putting together a dog component for the day - a special dog wash or dog walk. Stay tuned!)
Justin September 19, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thank you for the explanation, Nina. I am still somewhat doubtful that it is "impossible" for successful small-business owners to cover their employees especially in light of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit that has been in effect since 2010. That coverage is also slated to go up from 35% to 50% in 2014. I'm not presuming this is news to you, but that seems like a significant improvement over previous conditions. If it's still impossible, perhaps the Affordable Care Act hasn't gone far enough. Are there other provisions that haven't yet gone into effect that will make it easier in the future?
Nina Wolf September 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Every bit helps, and these tax credits do make a dent, but a small one. As a business owner, I can tell you that I am so busy running the business that I do not have the time to delve into the complicated workings of what is going on with tax credits and insurance on a continuing basis. I admit that. It requires a lot of time to figure this stuff out, and the help of a financial person to figure out the tax ramifications. Our business is succeeding, but we are only in year 3. Perhaps in the next few years we will reach a point where we can do more, but for now, private out of pocket health insurance just for myself costs more than my housing payment. The store cannot afford to provide that for me. We can't provide it for my business partner. We can't afford it for our employees. All we can do is try to pay the most we can for an hourly wage and be good employers, with paid time off and paid vacation days. We try. We do the best we can. LIke so many other small businesses. Are you a small business person? By small, I mean tiny. Often small business is considered less than 50 or even 100 employees. Hah! We have one full time employee and two part-time. If so, maybe you or someone else in similar circumstances has found an answer to this problem. It is so widespread. I'd love to know if there is a solution we don't know about.
Nina Wolf September 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
But the story is about William, and the incredible support he IS getting. And let's not lose sight of that. A terrific community, a supportive network of friends, and a great place to work may be the best insurance one can have.

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