I’m a small businessman, a father and a husband. For years I’ve been listening to my congressman, Dr. Joe Heck, speak out against Obamacare, and what he was saying just didn’t sit well with me. You see, Obamacare is already working for me, my business, and my family. So I took a chance at getting a little face time with Congressman Heck at a town hall. I had to drive out to Sandy Valley, Nevada, to do it, but it’s a fun drive, up and over a little mountain pass, about 30 miles south of my office in Las Vegas. I'm glad I did it.
I got to tell my Congressman that my family is already getting a break because of the law—free checkups, for one. And I got to tell him that as a small business owner, Obamacare will help me in October when I'm looking for a better deal to cover my employees. And I got to ask him why—why does he want to take this away from me, from my family, and from my employees? I asked him to explain why he opposes something that is helping me now, is helping bend the cost curve on health care and will help me in the future, and is helping small businesses. That’s mom and pop, my friends. That's me and my family and my business.
You may have seen my conversation with him made the news. That wasn’t what I set out to do, but I don’t mind if it helps spread the word about my story. Because I know there are more people like me out there.
While I sometimes volunteer with OFA and other organizations on the issues I care about, most times there just aren’t enough hours in the day. And I know that’s the case for many people. But sometimes there is something that’s important enough to take a 30-mile drive to say it. And when you do it, it matters.
Ron Nelsen, Small Business Owner/operator
Las Vegas, NV, Nevada Congressional District 3