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February 16, 2014

How about a health care break for small businesses, too?


Recent headlines tell of a child who was returned to his mother and never checked on; he is missing now and presumed dead. Of course, children in foster homes have been harmed, too.

Expenditures for vulnerable children, and for the mentally ill, are not controversial until the money doesn’t get the job done. Our state government makes it seem as if nothing will ever be done to address this problem, which only gets worse as modern society deteriorates.

Society is doing better caring for those in the twilight of life, at least until Medicare and Social Security run out of money. Rather than dwell on this inevitability, let’s move on to something more easily fixable: Obamacare, which if left to its legal implementation, will result in the death of people who suddenly lose the insurance they’ve been using for essential treatment.

President Obama unilaterally making changes in the law as its flaws become obvious is no solution, either, since that arrogance, if unchecked, could permanently damage our republic, in which Congress, not the president, amends the laws it has passed.

It’s time for our elected representatives to step up and assert their constitutional authority while they fix the problems of the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare). This means you, Congressman John Tierney. During the debate in 2009 you, along with the president, told us that if we like our health insurance, we can keep our health insurance.

A few months later, I received a notice that my Medicare Advantage program had been canceled. I found another policy for my small business, but last week received a notice that this policy isn’t allowed by Obamacare because it doesn’t cover pediatric dental care or childbirth classes for our three employees, all over 60 without dependents. I’m told by health services administrators that even if they can work around the new mandates, the federal law’s new rating factors will affect small business premiums.

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