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Joplin business owner voices concern over the Affordable Care Act

Guy Voltz and his wife opened Cell Phone Medics four years ago. They have five full-time employees. Voltz says his desire is to provide health insurance to each of them. 

 "All small business owners want to take care of our team members," said Voltz. "That's part of being a small business owner."

Since last fall, Americans have been enrolling in new health plans under the Affordable Care Act. According to Voltz, the new program will make it too costly to cover his employees. 

"Unfortunately under the new Obamacare program, individual care is less cost than what I can buy as a group insurance," said Voltz.

An advocate of the Affordable Care Act,  US Senator Claire McCaskill says that many of the affordable plans are yet to be discovered. 

 "It is amazing to me to see how many people have not gone on healthcare.gov and actually looked at the policies available and actually looked at the cost of those policies."

Voltz says he has researched all possibilities through his insurance agent.

Senator McCaskill says the intention of the Affordable Care Act is to help every citizen, leading to a number of other benefits. 

 "The goal was to do what all of us want to have happen is to make health care less expensive because that's what's driving the debt in this country."

 The ACA mandates that businesses with 50 employees or more have to provide health insurance. While this leaves Voltz off the hook to provide coverage, he still feels responsible. 

"And that's what sad too is that I don't have to do anything and I'm covered by the law."

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