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Reform scam

Here we are six months after Gov. Schwarzenegger claimed that the workers’ compensation reforms of April 2004 would reduce premiums for the employers and would reduce the “bad” business climate.

What a fraud on the employers of California! I am a small business with a low-risk work environment for my employees. I have had no employee file a workers’ compensation claim against my business in 25 years. Nonetheless, my premiums for 2004 are 15.5 percent higher than in 2003.

There are 500,000 small businesses in California getting defrauded by the governor and his “reformers.” Why can’t the governor and his friends in the insurance industry ever tell the truth about workers’ compensation? They promised a reduction in premiums, but obviously that was a lie.

I for one would welcome a recall campaign against Gov. Schwarzenegger. The insurance companies are raking in the profits, our employees cannot even choose their own doctors to cure them of their work-related injuries, but we small businesses continue to pay outrageous premiums to these unregulated profiteers, the insurance companies.

Bradlee Welton

Nevada City

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