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Mom and pop shops worry about health-care reform too

Posted at 12:50 PM on September 1, 2009 by Sanden Totten (1 Comments)

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Forget death panels and rationed care, for America's small businesses it's mandatory employee coverage that strikes the most fear. And small businesses have a lot to be concerned about. Employees of these mom and pop operations make up one of the largest groups of the uninsured.

We spoke with Kelly Spors, small business reporter extraordinaire, about the ins and outs of the various proposals and how they'll effect the more than 27 million small businesses in America.

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If you're an owner or worker for a small business, what's your take? Are employer mandates a good idea or too much of a cost burden?

Picture by Gary Simmons via Creative Commons / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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In June of 2009 I found out that in order to continue medical coverage through COBRA (as my husband was laid off) it ;would cost me $1100.00 per month and would end in 5 months. I checked with United Health Care, Blue Cross. Blue Shield, Aetna and a few others to find insurance coverage. All of these carriers had a pre-existing clause. Although they all would wave this clause if I was cancer free for 2 years. As of May 2009 I am cancer free. Unfortunately, I have diabetes due to the Chemo treatments I had to undergo. According to these insurance carriers I am not insurable. Not because of the cancer but, because of the diabetes, which by the way I have under control.
I would like to inform all these so called insurance companies that due to their policy regarding diabetes and any other medical disease which requires monthly medications to control, you are now allowing and supporting Obama 's health care plan. I cannot win for losing in this game you are playing. The cost of being insured is more than I or anyone whose income is under 50K can afford at this present time. Without insurance I am doomed and under Obama Care I am certainly doomed.

Posted by Mary Kuhn | September 2, 2009 10:46 AM

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