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Senator Cornyn vows to continue fight against healthcare reforms in ETX visit

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Senator Cornyn’s trip aimed to seek feedback from business owners that he can take back to Washington, D.C. Senator Cornyn’s trip aimed to seek feedback from business owners that he can take back to Washington, D.C.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The same day President Obama went on the offensive, essentially campaigning about the benefits of his healthcare reform, Texas Senator John Cornyn spoke to businesses in Tyler about how they will be hurt by the changes.

Senator Cornyn’s trip aimed to seek feedback from business owners that he can take back to Washington, D.C., where he vows to fight against the reform, which he believes will increase the cost of doing business once the mandate takes effect for them in 2015.

Lloyd Nichols, owner of The Diner and a Popeye’s franchise in Tyler, hosted Senator Cornyn and eight other business leaders. For him, the meeting was all about letting Washington, D.C. know just how much businesses like his will be impacted by the changes.

Nichols is a less-common breed of restaurant owners in that he plans to provide insurance for his nearly 80 employees instead of cutting back hours or laying anybody off.

“Our employees, just like our customers, are the heart of our business, and we are a people business,” Nichols said.

So far, Nichols said he is not sure how much it will affect his bottom line. Either way, he knows it means his costs are going up.

“We will see a substantial increase in operational cost which will have to be passed on to consumers evidently,” Nichols said. “We could become cost prohibitive to more customers and that wouldn't be good.”

That is something that already affected Bob Westbrook’s business. Westbrook just completed the sale of the last of his three East Texas Cici’s Pizza chains two months ago.

“The cost of healthcare was going to be much more than what the penalty was, and the penalty alone was going to come to $76,000 more than I made out of the restaurant,” Westbrook said.

Stories similar to Westbrook’s are the type Senator Cornyn said he is working to prevent.

“As more and more people feel the negative consequences of implementation of the so-called Affordable Care Act, they're going to find it’s not so affordable” Sen. Cornyn said. ‘There's got to be a better way.”

The Senator said today was just one conversation in a fight he vowed is not over yet.

“I'm going to be looking for opportunities to repeal it and replace it with healthcare that does work,” he said.

Even with the continued resistance from opponents of the reform, President Obama vowed Tuesday that as long as he is president, he will not allow the Affordable Care Act to be repealed.

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