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Health care bill's impact on employers and doctors

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Max Anderson bought Whitehouse Floors and More a year ago. It is a small business, and he does not provide his employees health insurance. "Because of economic situations, I haven't been able to provide my employees with insurance program...They have all opted not to carry insurance," Anderson explained.

Under the new bill, all Americans must have health coverage. Small business owners, like Anderson can still decide to offer employees benefits. If a business has less than 25 employees who make less than $50,000, employers can sign a waiver not to cover employees. If they do cover them, they will get a tax credit. If an employer has more than 50 employees, they will be penalized if insurance is not provided. Corporations in the health care field, like pharmaceutical companies, will pay higher fees.

"For the individual, I believe that everybody should have their own choice," said Anderson, in response to the changes. "I don't believe that the government has any business requiring people to carry insurance. It is extremely expensive."

Congressman Louie Gohmert is worried, not only about the bill impacting businesses, but doctors as well. "It mandates so many Americans will end up on Medicaid," he said. "We've had more and more doctors say they won't take people on Medicaid because it only reimburses about 60% of their own costs."

Dr. Hope Short stopped taking new patients on Medicaid for that reason. "If you have a certain insurance plan, I'm free to choose which insurance plans I contract with," she said. "I see that probably going away. I see our fee schedules going down, so probably making less money."

They are predictions now, and only time will tell exactly what changes are to come.

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