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Valley Businesses Brace for Impact of Health Care Reform

President Obama’s health care reform is drawing criticism from some Valley businesses. Companies will soon have to offer benefits to more employees, but owners say the plan could cripple jobs. Legislation aimed at protecting employees, could actually hit them where it hurts most, their bottom line. “When we’re in a time when we’re trying to increase employment opportunities or increase the hourly rate of position, this kind of hinders some of that, although I know the intentions are good in trying buy healthcare,” says Debbie Astone, associate vice president for Fresno State auxiliary corporation.