Merlin Olsen woos micro-businessmen

I heard an ad today on a streaming radio station for the National Association for the Self-Employed, which Merlin Olsen described as a support and insurance benefits organization for "micro-businesses and the self-employed."

Though I'm sure Father Murphy wouldn't steer me wrong, I'd like to find out more about this group before I send them a come-hither e-mail asking for their literature. I couldn't find much objective commentary about the association on the Web, aside from Glenn Fleischman's recommendation in a health insurance discussion on Backup Brain:

When I had treatment for Hodgkin's Disease in 1998, the plan's optional cancer rider (best $6/month I ever spent!) covered about 97 percent of all costs, and negotiated better rates for me than I could on my own. It paid 100 percent of the chemo, 100 percent of the MRI/CT scans, and 100 percent of the GCSF (white cell stimulating) shots. All told, they paid about $35,000 or so without squawking: no preapproval, checks typically delivered to billing departments within 4 weeks of a correct bill being sent (clinic billing departments were the worst part; the insurance company was great).

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