The Council’s Joel Wood & Joel Kopperud dissect what happened on the Senate floor during this morning’s dramatic end to the Republicans’ healthcare overhaul efforts.

In terms of implications for your clients, the Cadillac Tax will go into effect in 2020. There’s is still momentum on our side to completely repeal before then, but for now it remains status quo.

Where do we go from here? Tune in to find out.

Minneapolis Bar Adds 3% Service Charge to Cover Health Insurance Costs

A Minneapolis bar owner is reportedly adding a 3 percent service charge to all customer bills to cover the rising costs of health insurance for her staff. The local NBC affiliate, KARE11, reports that Kim Bartmann’s employee costs rose between 20-30 percent in recent years “Rather than raising prices, we want to be transparent about our costs,” said Bartmann. “We think our customers will appreciate knowing that our workers have good quality, affordable health insurance.”

Read the story.

Join Us: Healthcare PULSE, Aug. 28, 2:00 p.m. ET

The next Healthcare PULSE call is Monday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

These calls are designed to help you stay updated on what we’re working on here in Washington and to inject collaboration and forward-thinking into the issues you care about most amidst U.S. healthcare reform. We hope you can join us.