Small business leaders react to health care plan

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Across the country the debate continues to rage over the future of health care reform in the United States. The outcome of this fight could have lasting implications on the U.S. Many of those implications will occur on the ground level with real people.

One of those "real people" is Hugh Joyce. He is the owner of James River Air Conditioning, a company who employees 150 people, all of which have health insurance. See the video at right for his responses to Ryan's questions.

Q: Hugh- you may be one of the few people to have read the bill, all 1000 pages, and you believe that what Washington isn't focusing on is reforms that can be made that don't cost any money.

Q: If the government offers a public option to people who aren't employed, does how could that hurt you?

Q: One of the things you've talked about is the imbalance in premium payments. Elderly people are paying close to $1,000 a month, young people not even $100. Is there a way to balance that out?

Q: You've been to Capital Hill, you are on the ground floor of this debate. Are you confident that we will find a resolution that benefits everyone?

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