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Healthcare Mandates – My Opinion

by Becky Jeffcoat, Editor

After reading several articles, letters, emails, facebook status’ and hearing people comment on the subject at hand, it makes me wonder what the outcome will be.

Several small business’ or those that started as small business’ are faced with the threatening of government changes. A new government healthcare mandate says that a business MUST provide what some would believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of their health insurance. Being a Christian, I don’t believe in abortion or drugs that might cause abortions such as the morning-after pill or the week-after pill or even emergency contraception. These items or procedures might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to most important beliefs. It goes against Biblical principles and my principles.

Some companies and small business’ could be fined up to $1.3 million per day in government fines if they don’t comply.

Does our government threaten to fine job creators in a bad economy? Sure they do. I our government threatening to fine companies that raised wages four years running? Yes. Can we not run our companies according to our beliefs? I’m sure everyone believes that we should all follow the rules, that’s its the same for everyone, but that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious beliefs.

Families who began a small business in their garage, their shed, the basement or the barn, who worked so hard to provide for their families and lived paycheck to paycheck before their companies took off have lived the American Dream. Is it fair that the government is forcing businesses to choose between following their faith or following the law? No. That is a choice that no American and no American Business should have to make.

Do you have concerns on government mandates or the healthcare reform? Send me a letter, lets get involved. We might be a small area in Northeast Missouri, but believe it or not we have voices and we matter.

My mama always told me, “if you don’t vote, don’t bitch”, well I voted so I’m bitching.

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