Small business owner: I'm glad health reform passed

November 12, 2009

I am a small business owner in Baltimore. My husband and I are partners and run Risky BBQ, a small creative shop; we write advertising.

I, for one, am thankful that my Congressman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, voted for the House health reform bill H.R. 3962 this weekend.

Rising health care costs have been tough on my business' bottom line, and in this tight economy they can keep us from spreading our business dollars around and hiring freelance design and production talent in the Baltimore area.

My husband is type-A diabetic, and we pay over $1,000 each month for premiums and medication. The bill's passage this weekend means that help could soon be on the way for small businesses like mine, which will have access to better coverage options through the new health insurance exchanges and tax credits to help us afford it.

This is good for my husband's health and for the economy.Jane Brettschneider, Baltimore

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