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SPECIAL REPORT: Obamacare: Insurance Line or Unemployment Line?

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Nashville, Tenn -- If you don't know Keven Whited you know his work.

Whited claims he's done 90% of the neon signs on Lower Broadway over the last 27 years of working at Joslin and Sons Sign and Maintenance.

He says the health insurance is one thing that's kept him here.

"It's tremendous having kids you never know when you need it.  You have to have it," said Whited.

Whited has always taken that coverage for granted but maybe he shouldn't anymore.

For the first time ever his boss worries health insurance may not be affordable much longer because of Obamacare.

Terrie Ballman oversees the companies medical coverage.

She says there's a major rate hike that's coming to her company later this year.

"Our part is going to substantially increase and it's for coverage that's not even as good as what we have now," said Ballman.

The National Federation of Independent Business believes Premiums could be 70% to 100% higher all because of various taxes that come with Obamacare.

Those higher premiums have another impact too.

Joslin and Sons Sign and Maintenance currently has 49 employees.

Under Obamacare if they add one more employee they will legally be required to provide health coverage or face a fine.

For that reason the company isn't hiring anyone new.

Miles away at Richards and Richards document storage company Obamacare is causing another concern.

Steve Richards pays 100% of the healthcare costs for his employees but he worries if those costs rise too high he'll either have to pass along those costs or cut employees.

"Drop down to a level I can afford.  Customer service will suffer.  It means there will not be as many employees here as I have now," said Richards.

Fox 17 asked one of the two Tennessee Congressmen who voted for the Affordable Healthcare Act if it's worth the potential job loss.

Congressman Jim Cooper says it has yet to be determined if the law will cost jobs and he says detractors are ignoring important details.

"Some employees are seeing their costs go down.  Some have gone up but usually that's because it's a better insurance policy they'll be getting," said Cooper.  "If you're not healthy you're not gonna be going to work and there are several hundred thousand Tennesseans who haven't had adequate access to healthcare so properly done a reform could make job creation easier not harder."         

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