Small Business Owner: Obamacare Driving Me to Drink

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A North Carolina small business owner said she is being driven to drink more alcohol because of the stress brought on by Obamacare’s regulations, drawing laughter at a hearing about the new exchanges Wednesday.

The founder of early2surg, Sheila Salter, produced a chart showing she was taking a $4,584 bite out of her business due to Obamacare’s mandate that plans have at least 10 “essential benefits” she didn’t want at a hearing about the new health exchanges Wednesday.

“Now I challenge anybody in this room to look at the services that i selected for myself noting that I’m 61,” said Early2Surg.  I know I don’t look it, and I have no children or history of alcohol or drug abuse. Yet. Okay? Because This is driving me to drink.”

SHEILA SALTER: When I hear people talk about oh, you know, go to the exchanges, shop, shop, shop. You have one plan, okay? That plan includes the benefits listed in the left-hand column. Now you can see Sheila’s plan. Sheila’s plan was the one that I chose. I chose my services. I’ve done that all these years. I chose those services, chose that deductible for $202 a month. Now, with Obamacare, I have to have those ten essential benefits. Now I challenge anybody in this room to look at the services that I selected for myself, noting that I’m 61. i know I don’t look it, and I have no children or history of alcohol or drug abuse. Yet. Okay, because this is driving me to drink. But does anybody here really think that I need all the services on the left-hand column? I don’t think so.

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