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Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I rise to discuss the impact ObamaCare is already having on my constituents, likewise, as my colleague said, in my home State of Georgia.

One of my constituents, Jeanie from Twin City, GA, is a registered nurse in a small hospital. Her husband is a retired Navy officer who served this country honorably for 20 years. They are on TRICARE, so Jeanie didn't need her employer to pay for her health care. However, because of ObamaCare, Jeanie's employer is cutting her hours to less than 30 hours a week, which means a drastic pay cut for her and her family. I fear this health care law will continue to force employers to reduce employee hours in order to avoid the unaffordable health care costs.

Another constituent, Thomas from Columbus, told me about the problem he is facing with his son. His son graduated from college, but as is the case with so many his age, he has been unable to find a job in this tough economy. His son works hard to make ends meet and was lucky to find a bartending position that would allow him to work full-time.

Service industry professionals, normally, as in the case of Thomas's son, do not receive benefits, so Thomas bought his son a catastrophic insurance plan they could afford. Now it looks certain that this plan is not going to be acceptable under ObamaCare. His son will not qualify for Medicaid, but will not be able to afford the premiums he will now have to pay for this catastrophic policy.

Our economy is still recovering and Americans are still struggling. Thomas and Jeanie are exactly the type of hardworking Americans that health care reform should be making life easier for and not harder.

It is time for the President and Democrats to join us in scrapping this law and starting anew.

Mr. President, I yield the floor.


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