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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

My hat's off to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama. I run a small business that provides basic health-care benefits for 20 employees and their families. I just received the annual renewal from our health-care-insurance provider (one of the local giants).

Next year's premium features a 50-percent (you read that correctly) increase to get the same plan. When we renew, our monthly health-care costs will exceed the cost to lease our office space and will become our largest single expense.

At this rate, small businesses will eventually have to use the exchanges provided by the government or go bankrupt. I guess that was the plan all along.

At least we have the satisfaction of knowing we are overpaying for our health care so someone not gainfully employed can sit on the couch at home, watch TV and have a couple of beers and access to free health care. I feel so much better about it.

Patrick A. Hewitt

Upper St. Clair

The writer is managing partner of the law firm Riley, Hewitt, Witte & Romano, PC.

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