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U.S. Sen. Chambliss speaks to business community

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Supporters of the new health care law say it will help reduce the federal debt.

But Senator Saxby Chambliss says it will put a greater burden on states and will result in huge new taxes.

He talked about the health care law and other issues with business leaders in Valdosta Thursday.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss says the health care law will result in $969 billion dollars in new taxes.

"Those taxes are going to have to be paid by hard working tax paying Americans including primarily the small business community because that's where most tax payers come from," said Chambliss.

The senator spoke to more than 100 people at Valdosta Technical College Thursday, primarily the business community at a federal legislation luncheon put on by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.

He says the healthcare system needs to be reformed in ways that will lower the cost of healthcare delivery.

 "We can do that by measures such as even simple tort reform measures by incentivizing preventive health care measures, encouraging people and incentivizing to take better care of themselves," said Chambliss.

Chambliss also says the government needs to offer more tax breaks to help small businesses.

"We're very concerned about the federal spending the anticipated tax increases as we see it inevitably hitting our small businesses and all businesses for that matter," said Jeff Hanson, Chamber of Commerce Federal Legislative Committee Chairman.

Chambliss was also critical of the fact that the federal government will take over the entire student loan program, even though that will save billions of dollars. He says it could also mean a loss of 31,000 jobs.

The Chamber of Commerce says 85 percent of their members are small businesses and it's important for them to hear from a senate member first-hand.

 
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