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From a Small Business in Oregon: Health Care Law Helps

Jim Houser of Portland, Oregon shares his story as part of the 50 Stories/50 States project and explains how the small business tax credit will make it easier for him to provide coverage for his workers.

Jim Houser and his wife have owned an auto business for nearly 30 years and have always provided health care for their employees.  In recent years, their premiums have been steadily increasing to “unsustainable” levels.  However, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, their business is now eligible for the small business tax credit.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, up to 4 million small businesses may be eligible this year for tax credits, making it easier for them to provide coverage for their workers. In 2014, a new health care marketplace will ensure American businesses quality, affordable health care coverage options.

“It’s things like health care and other benefits which keep employees loyal, that keep these highly trained employees with you and so the health care act is going to have the additional benefit of helping your business because your now going to be able to now offer the kind of support that is going to keep valuable employees with your company.”

Jim shared his story as part of the 50 Stories/50 States project.  Check out the map to hear Jim’s full story and find additional stories from people near you.