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Small Business Owners Fear the Affordable Care Act

Small business owners’ fear of the effect of the new health care reform law on their bottom line is prompting many to hold off on hiring and even to shed jobs in some cases, according to a recent poll, says CNBC News.

  • The poll was taken by 603 owners whose businesses have under $20 million in annual sales.
  • Forty-one percent of the businesses surveyed have frozen hiring because of the health care law known as ObamaCare.
  • Almost one-fifth (19 percent) answered “yes” when asked if they had “reduced the number of employees you have in your business as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act.”
  • Another 38 percent of the small business owners said they “have pulled back on their plans to grow their business” because of ObamaCare.

Under ObamaCare, nearly all companies with 50 or more full-time employees will have to either offer health coverage or face a fine of $2,000 per full-timer after the first 30 workers. Just 9 percent of the small employers surveyed agreed that ObamaCare would be “good for your business,” while another 39 percent saw “no impact.”

The prevalent pessimism tracks other answers in the poll, which showed that:

  • Fifty-five percent of small business owners believe that the health reform law will lead to higher health care costs. By contrast, about 5 percent said the law would lead to lower costs.
  • And more than half (52 percent) said they expected a reduction in the quality of health care under ObamaCare, while just 13 percent expected an improvement.

In addition to restricting hiring or cutting jobs, small companies are considering other ways to mitigate the expected financial fallout. Twenty-four percent are weighing whether to drop insurance coverage, while 18 percent have “reduced the hours of employees to part-time” in anticipation of ObamaCare’s effects, the poll found.

Source: Dan Mangan, “Will Obamacare Hurt Jobs? It’s Already Happening, Poll Finds,” CNBC News, June 19, 2013.

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Mike
7 years ago

Now 50 million Americans will suffer so that 25 million will get health care.

PaulE
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike

A lot more than 50 million will be negatively impacted by Obamacare. The damage this law will do to the country will trickle down to nearly every man, woman and child in one form or another.

PaulE
7 years ago

Well this is what happens when you have to deal with real-world economic impacts, which small business owners do every single day, versus the “feel good” politically correct social engineering legislation that spews forth from Washington on a regular basis. The result is what Washington likes to call “unintended consequences”, which this article does a good job of documenting some of the more direct impediments to economic growth and job creation caused by Obamacare. There are many, many more indirect aspects of Obamacare that also serve as a disincentive to economic growth and job creation.

CNBC has done many stories related to the so-called Affordable Care Act, both before and after its passage. Only a couple of networks bothered to do this level of reporting, which further re-enforces how biased and superficial much of the mainstream media has been on this issue. Numerous business leaders, both from large multi-national businesses to small mom and pop business have been interviewed as to how Obamacare would impact their business.

The large multi-national corporations seem to be looking at one or two major options. One is simply to move a part or a majority of the functions performed in the United States overseas to minimize the higher costs associated with Obamacare on their businesses. While they are better able to deal with the added administrative costs of the law, they still have a responsibility to their shareholders to run their businesses in the most efficient manner possible. The other option seems to be considering whether to discontinue company provided healthcare altogether and simply dump their employees into the exchanges. A very small group of large business owners are holding out hope for getting some sort of special waivers from the administration, that will buy them a few years reprieve.

On the small business front, many owners are faced with the fact that if they grow their business beyond 50 employees, they will incur massive administrative and economic expenses related to Obamacare. Some to the point where it would consume all their profits. So many have to decide not only if their business can even remain profitable, if they grow beyond a certain size, but whether they’ll be able to keep the business afloat at all. Then there are those already over the 50 employee limit are looking at making some of their employees part-time or simply discontinuing the employer provided healthcare. Thus even more would find themselves dumped into these exchanges.

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