Focus on Prohibitive Health-Care Costs

Government help may be on the way for small-business owners who cannot provide their employees with adequate benefit

How can you tell a cashier at Sears from a cashier at Pop's Bagels? Just look at the teeth. Odds are, the Pop's employee has no dental plan. Odds are, in fact, the Pop's cashier has no health plan at all and is either skimping on basic medical needs or going broke trying to stay fit. Sound familiar? Indeed, some 44 million Americans are without health insurance, and 60% of them work in businesses employing fewer than 500 people or are family members of those who do. Most are at shops employing fewer than 25, where the high cost of insurance...

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