Small-business owners shared their stories with federal lawmakers Wednesday about the effects on their operations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care. And they had very different views. 

Some of the business owners, appearing before a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on small businesses' concerns about PPACA, spoke of hardship; others lauded the landmark legislation.

Witnesses brought in by the Democrats expressed their gratitude to the government for trying to help them pay for health benefits. 

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.