Small Business Alliance Says Obamacare Repeal Will Hurt Self-Employed

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The Main Street Alliance of San Diego said Friday the beginning of efforts to repeal Obamacare will hurt small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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The House of Representatives took the first step toward repeal Friday with a 227-198 vote along party lines that sets up changes in the federal budget that will ultimately undermine the Affordable Care Act.

San Diego Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa voted with the majority, while Democratic Reps. Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas voted against the measure.

“The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and I have voted against my own party to make critical fixes to the law to lower costs for families and ease the burden on small businesses,” said Peters after the vote. “That’s what we should be doing now — coming together on fiscally responsible improvements that make healthcare more affordable and accessible for everyone.”

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, one in five people enrolled in Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces is a small business owner or is self-employed person.

“As a business owner it’s important to know that our number one asset, our staff and their families, have access to affordable health care,” says George Thornton, owner of The Homebrewer in North Park. “Few things can be more local than ensuring access to health care for our loved ones.”

The Republican Party is pursuing a strategy of simultaneously repealing and replacing the controversial law, which has enabled some 20 million people to get health insurance coverage but caused premiums to rise.

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