Jim Houser, is co-owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland, OR, and a leader with the Oregon Small Business Council.

Jim has been a strong small business voice in support of health reform. He pays for coverage for his employees, and his premiums have doubled over the last ten years. Now, thanks to the new health law, Jim’s business will qualify for a tax credit that return over $10,000 to the business, effectively rolling back their health insurance costs to 2008 levels. As Jim puts it, “It’s like a time machine.”

This past September, Jim had the opportunity to join an informal backyard gathering with President Obama and over a dozen other participants from around the country who will benefit from the new health care protections that went into effect on September 23.

Jim recaps the event:

“The President spent well over an hour listening to people tell their stories of how the health care reform provisions have improved their lives, sometimes dramatically. I met people who no longer face denial of coverage because they have a pre-existing medical condition or have exceeded their lifetime health insurance limit. The significance of the new law for me is that we will now be able to continue our employees’ health care coverage. Our company is one of over 4 million small businesses now eligible for the new health care tax credits. The effect of this tax credit for our company will be to return our health care costs to 2008 levels – a major cost reduction.”

Jim’s participation in the event drew coverage in state and national news outlets:

The Oregonian

The Washington Post