The Star-Ledger

Entrepreneurs At Risk

The Star-Ledger — Saturday, December 5, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Self-employed and freelance workers like myself have been watching every twist and turn in the health care debate closely. I learned the hard way that even if you play by the rules — pay your insurance premiums, eat healthy, exercise, and work hard — accidents and unexpected events can happen.

In these times of need, an individual is no match for the administrative nightmare we call the private insurance industry. The self-employed — there are more than 21 million strong of us — are in the worst situation for health care now, stuck on the individual market where the insurance companies have all the power and we have none. We have the most to gain from real reform.

Just about every big business started out as a small business, and so many small businesses start as one brave entrepreneur with a good idea working hard to put it into practice. That's why health care reform is so critical for reviving the economy — we need reform to stop sky-rocketing health insurance costs from stifling innovation and suppressing job creation.

America can't afford to wait.

Chandra Frankfort, Montclair

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