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**In Case You Missed It** Louisiana Small Business Owners Need Health Care Reform
Date:12/8/2009

Unfortunately, under our current system, it's impossible.

Small businesses like mine need health care reform so we can do our part to create jobs and get the economy back on track. We need Congress to stand up for small businesses and get health reform passed this year.

Maude Varela

New Orleans

"Health reform helps business"

The News Star

November 17, 2009

As a small-business owner, I have struggled in vain for more than 22 years to find a way to provide health insurance for my employees.

Health insurance providers tell me I have too few employees to make a group. Or they tell me that some of my employees have pre-existing conditions that exclude them from a group and that would make the group too small.

The kind of highly educated, experienced people I prefer to hire nearly always have pre-existing conditions. Who doesn't have a pre-existing condition by age 30?

Because my business can't provide good health benefits effectively, I am restricted to hiring people who are covered by their spouse's medical insurance.

I hope and pray our representatives and senators soon pass federal legislation to help the really small businesses of America.

Barbara Biersmith

Monroe

SOURCE U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship


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