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Posted: February 21st, 2012
Meadville chamber president to testify before Congressional subcommittee

Kathleen Bishop, president of the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, said her organization is one of many that can’t afford to offer health care benefits to all its employees.
But Bishop will testify Wednesday before a U.S. House subcommittee that neither the chamber nor other businesses can afford the alternative, being fined for failure to comply.
Bishop said was asked to give brief testimony Wednesday afternoon in Butler before the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.
That hearing was convened by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd Dist., of Butler, and Rep. David Roe, who is chairman of the committee.
Bishop said under the Health Care Reform Bill, which takes effect in 2014, employers could face a fine of $2,000 per employee for failing to provide health care coverage.
“Businesses are not looking forward to 2014,” she said.
Bishop, who provided a written copy of her testimony, plans to tell the committee: “ The Health Care Reform Bill cannot be one-size-fits-all.”

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