Boehner to Host Small-Business Owners for Obama's Speech

Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 04:14 PM

By Todd Beamon

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House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that his guests for President Obama's State of the Union address are four Ohio small-business owners who are "struggling under the president's healthcare plan."

"These men and women have one important thing in common: The president's healthcare law is making it harder for them to hire," Boehner said in a statement. "They represent the countless number of employers across the country who are struggling right now — and having run a small business, I know where they are coming from.

"Their presence at the State of the Union is one way to help ensure their stories are told," said Boehner, who once served as president of Nucite Sales, a company involved in the packaging and plastics industry.

He joined the firm in 1977 after graduating from college and resigned in 1990 when he was first elected to Congress.

Here's a list of Boehner's guests:
  • Joe Brown, president and CEO of Hartzell Propeller in Piqua, which controls 75 percent of the world market in airplane propellers.
  • Wayne Deschambeau, president of Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, a hospital that is nearly a century old but is experiencing the healthcare-related impact of Obamacare.
  • Laura Doerger-Roberts, president of Vinylmax Windows, a family business based in Hamilton. The company has about 100 employees and has been in business since 1982. Doerger-Roberts told Boehner her health-insurance costs will increase by nearly 30 percent under Obamacare.
  • David Lippert, president of Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing, another family business based in Hamilton. The company was founded in 1907 and makes heavy-duty industrial and stainless-steel casters, and related products. There are 72 employees, but the business is unable to expand because of the healthcare law, Boehner said.

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