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Obama Speaks to Small Businesses

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The healthcare reform debate is far from over.

President Obama is trying to convince small business owners that his plan will be good for them and their workers, and he invited some of them to Washington last week.

Steven Holloway helps run Modern Gas.

"We have 47 employees of that I think 2/3 of them all take health insurance," said Holloway.

He was one of a about 100 small business representatives invited to hear the president's speech about why health care reform is critical to the success businesses like his across the country.

"It was exciting, anytime you're in a room and they say ladies and gentlemen the president of the united states, the hairs on the back of your head stand up," Holloway.

That didn't distract him from the details in the speech.

"I would have liked for him to have a contract that he could have held up and said my administration is for healthcare reform, if you would help me convince congress that this is what we need in order to affect healthcare reform that's something we could wrap our arms around and say hey we'll support that," said Holloway.

Over the past decade and a half, America's small businesses have created 65 percent of all new jobs in this country.

Many are concerned about the rising costs of healthcare.

"We're concerned about the cost of any bill, we want to protect our families, but we protect our company from major cost increases," said Holloway.

As concerns grow Holloway hoped for more details.

"If he could get some nuts and bolts, some details nailed down and get that out to the public and the small businesses and we understand what we're looking at we could rally behind him and help him pass healthcare reform," said Holloway.

The president plans to offer tax credits he says will make insurance more affordable for millions of small businesses.

You can find a link to the president's speech when you CLICK HERE.


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