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I am a business owner in Clayton.

We have 17 full-time employees and have spent the last few months following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. I am now prepared to go on record to report that we have been misled by the president and the Democrats in Congress.

We were promised that under the ACA, we would be able to keep our present insurance plan if we liked it, and we could keep our own doctor, according to President Obama. This is absolutely not true. My current insurance plan is very affordable and has no deductible.

This plan has been found to be noncompliant under the new federally mandated insurance law. So my insurance is going to cost nearly 50 percent more and will now have a $1,200 deductible.

This is not the same plan. It is the same provider but totally different in terms of cost and benefits. Let me be clear, there is no option to keep my current plan.

The coverage is being expanded to include prescriptions, durable medical devices, pediatric dental care and mental health insurance. I don’t want all this extra coverage, and neither do my employees.

Under the new law, everyone must carry this insurance whether they want to or not. Also, it is becoming clear that the ACA’s exchanges will narrow your choice of doctors.

These two major promises were made to sell us on the ACA and have both been clearly documented to be complete and deliberate falsehoods. These promises were apparently made to calm the nation into accepting the health care medicine that Washington wants to feed us. The end result will be higher premiums and higher deductibles.

Another side-effect will be that more people will be dependent on government in the form of tax subsidies or credits in order to pay for their mandated health insurance. It is a federal power grab that will target people in their most private affairs: their health and their checkbook.

It is time to raise your voice and let Washington know we don’t want ObamaCare. Once it is embedded, it will be nearly impossible to remove.

Thomas Brennan

Clayton

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