10 Reasons to Repeal: Small Businesses Say ObamaCare Will Raise Costs & Stifle Job Creation | Speaker.gov

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare has left small business owners reeling – raising fears of even higher health care costs and more roadblocks to growing their businesses and creating jobs.  Republicans will vote on July 11 to fully repeal ObamaCare, and will then work to replace the 2,700 page monstrosity with a “step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost,” Speaker Boehner said yesterday. The reaction of small business owners across the country to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision strengthens the resolve of Republicans to fully repeal the law, and here are 10 reasons why:

  • “I Won’t Add Back [Jobs]” “Recession-related reductions to commercial development hurt his business in 2008, he [Ray Van Ness, owner of Shreveport-based small business Seal Craft] said, and reduced the size of the company to about 60 percent of the work force he previously had. Van Ness hasn’t tried to replenish those numbers partly because health insurance costs remain uncertain for the near future. ‘I won’t add back until I know. The cost of employment includes health care. I really won’t know the full weight until it unfolds over the next couple of years. Ultimately, though, this is going to cost me money.’” (The Shreveport Times, 6/29/12)
  • “Will Result in … Fewer Jobs” “[T]he Affordable Care Act creates further uncertainty for franchise candidates considering getting into business. This will result in fewer new franchise locations and fewer jobs.” (Washington Post op-ed, 6/29/12)
  • “Will Avoid Hiring Employees” “The owner of Wharf Tavern in Warren [Rhode Island] said he will avoid hiring employees because he can’t afford to provide them with health care. Greg Esmay said the new law prevents his business from growing because ‘it makes it less profitable…to want to be bigger.’” (WPRI 12 News, 6/29/12)
  • “All These New Regulations, that I Don’t See Us Being Able to Afford as a Small Business” “Dirk and Trish White…say that as both pharmacists and small business owners, they are worried about the impacts of the affordable care act. … The Whites say they don’t know what kind of regulations will come with the Affordable Care Act, but they worry it could increase those costs. … ‘[W]e’re going to be subjected to all these new regulations, that I don’t see us being able to afford as a small business.’” (KCAW, 6/28/12)
  • “Afraid to Hire New Employees” “But Jim Colt, owner and president of Colt Print Services Inc., said the act will hurt businesses. ‘So many taxes in this law are so ominous,’ he said. ‘It’s such a mess right now.’ Colt said he’s afraid to hire new employees because the cost of providing health care is ‘astronomical.’” (Boulder Daily Camera, 6/28/12)
  • “A Lot Of Mom And Pop Shops Going Out Of Business” “The requirement that nearly all Americans obtain health insurance by 2014, some business owners say, could…erode the narrow profit margins of some small firms that must begin offering coverage. ‘You’re going to see a lot of mom and pop shops going out of business,’ predicted Jessica Schweitzer, president of Servpro of South Tampa, an emergency and disaster cleanup company.” (Tampa Bay Times, 6/29/12)
  • “Small Businesses Cannot Afford It” “‘Small businesses cannot afford it,’ small-business owner Christine Brown said. … The more than 28,000 small-business owners in Idaho likely reacted to the ruling a little like Brown. ‘It’ll put the small business right out,’ she said.” (KIVI-TV, 6/28/12)
  • “Will Be Negative for Future Employment” “‘This decision will be negative for future employment,’ said Marc Schupan, CEO, Schupan & Sons…‘We will look at hiring more closely and could increase temps as opposed to full-time personnel.’” (CNBC, 6/28/12)
  • “Can Literally Shut Many Restaurants Down” “Peter Demos, owner of Demos’ Restaurants in Nashville, sees consequences along the way. ‘It can literally shut many restaurants down,’ he said. … Demos said he’s weighing options for how to deal with about $500,000 more in annual costs, from having employees work fewer hours to potentially closing restaurants that are less profitable.” (Nashville Business Journal, 6/28/12)
  • “Like Putting a Dagger Through…Any Hope of Growth” “Just under 50 full-time employees sling sandwiches at Lansing’s Jersey Giant Subs. The owner had hopes of expanding in the near future, but today’s ruling ruined those plans. ‘That’s the kind of program, that is like putting a dagger through the heart of a small business, and any hope of growth,’ said Britton Slocum, the owner of Jersey Giant Subs.” (WLNS 6 News, 6/28/12)

Republicans have already voted 30 times to repeal, defund and dismantle ObamaCare and will do so again next month,  keeping their Pledge to America to fully repeal a law that is raising costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire.  And, as Speaker Boehner has made clear, Republicans “stand ready to work with a president” on common-sense, step-by-step reforms “who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ObamaCare.”

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