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Sen. Susan Collins Gives the Weekly Republican Party Remarks

Hello. I’m Senator Susan Collins from Maine.

My family founded a small business in northern Maine more than 160 years ago. Today, it continues to be run by two of my brothers. (Scroll down for video of these full remarks.)

Our economy is built on millions of enterprises just like ours. It’s not easy to survive in today’s economy. But these employers remain our nation’s job creators. We should be doing all we can to promote policies to help them survive and thrive.

Effective health-care reform should provide Americans with access to quality and affordable care while also encouraging economic growth. That’s not what is happening under ObamaCare.

Instead, ObamaCare is actually discouraging small businesses from creating jobs and hiring new employees. The law also has perverse incentives for employers to reduce the number of hours that their employees can work.

While most small business owners want to provide health insurance for their employees, many simply cannot afford to under ObamaCare.

Yet, even struggling businesses with 50 or more “full-time” employees will be required to provide health insurance or face huge fines for each employee. If you employ 49 workers, there are no fines. But, if you add just one more employee, you’re hit with penalties.