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Roe: Healthcare overhaul too large

Small businesses already facing rising healthcare costs can expect to see that trend continue, according to U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (TN-1).
Roe, who serves on the Physicians Caucus and the Health Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, said he ran for his seat in Congress two years ago because he knew the healthcare debate would be taking center stage, and as a physician, he wanted to help shape its future.
However, the lengthy bill was pushed through both the House and Senate in a “railroad job,” giving lawmakers, lobbyists and businesses little time to even read it, Roe said Friday at a forum for small business owners.
In addition, the scale of the overhaul could mean trouble for the U.S. economy if things headh south.
“The residential housing market makes up 4 percent of the U.S. GDP, and when it tanked, it brought the nation down,” he said. “We just rewrote 16 percent of the U.S. economy.”