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One business owner's take on health care reform

Business Management

Among the reasons Gene Marks supports it: He'll have access to more workers, be able to offer them more benefits, and maybe cut spending, too

BusinessWeek | April 20, 2010

Back in July, I wrote an opinion piece about the proposed health-care reform and how it would affect small companies such as mine. At the time, I said I was in favor of the proposed legislation. At the time, I said it would help reduce my costs and make it easier to budget future expenditures. Now that it has passed, I still think the legislation, even with all its revisions, will be a good thing for my business.
 
Politically, I haven't changed. I'm not pining for George Bush but I still lean to the right. Even so, I don't believe a lot of the scary stuff I hear. I don't believe there are "death panels." I don't think the government is "taking over" health care. I don't believe our President is a "socialist." Nor do I believe Rahm Emanuel has cellulite on his bottom, no matter what my sources in the Congressional gym tell me.
 
As a taxpayer, I'm still very concerned about this reform. I am concerned about the rising deficit and a government trying to do too much, too soon. I'm also very concerned about all the uncertainty: John McCain says health care reform will "bankrupt our great nation" while our President says it'll save us billions. There are huge, scary concerns with huge, scary repercussions.
 
As a business owner, though, I'm not scared about health-care reform. In fact, I'm kind of liking it. I'm not being forced to buy health insurance. I employ less than 50 people, so my company is exempt from this requirement. If I were to choose not to have health insurance, my employees would have the ability to get it on their own. They would also get tax credits to help pay for it.
 

 

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