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‘Vote your gut’ in November

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

With an upcoming presidential election, I’d like to share some thoughts on “Obamacare.” New legislation states that anyone working 30 or more hours a week is entitled to employer-sponsored health insurance. This new law was meant to protect people like me; however, that is not the case.

The lawmakers neglected to write in something preventing employers from reducing work hours to avoid paying the extra insurance coverage. I recently got an email from our human resource department that cut my hours from 30 to 25 hours a week. Now I’m expected to buy insurance for myself with less money. If the corporations, nonprofits and small businesses can’t afford this, how can I?

In my defense, my husband, who is self-employed, and I tried to keep a health insurance policy, and the premiums went up every year, even though we never filed a claim. Soon they were half again what our mortgage payments were, so we canceled the policy.

While I’m at it, I’d like to point out that I not only live in a city whose last comptroller made national headlines, but I also live in a state with a history of corruption and in the bottom five for financial responsibility. Our president is an ex-Illinois senator as well. Do we need a nationwide Illinois?

I’m not sure Romney is the answer, but I know Obama is not. So don’t vote because your daddy voted that way, but look at the real issues and vote your gut.

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