Small Businesses Say Health Care Costs, Government Regulations Are Barriers to Job Growth |

When asked by Gallup about the challenges they face, nearly half of small businesses who aren’t hiring new workers said potential health care costs and excessive government regulations are key obstacles.

According to Politico, “an overwhelming majority of small-business owners surveyed” by Gallup – 85 percent – aren’t currently hiring. Among them, 48 percent cited concerns about rising health care costs and 46 percent cited new government regulations.

Gallup says it is “less typical” for small businesses to cite specific challenges like health care costs and regulations, perhaps underscoring the fact that President Obama’s policies haven’t only failed, they’ve made things worse.

In fact, recent studies have shown President Obama’s health care law is driving up costs and jeopardizing coverage – and a majority of Americans want it repealed. Several economists and small business owners have also testified to Congress that curbing excessive regulations is one of the keys to creating a better environment for private-sector job growth.

That’s why Republicans are working to remove government barriers to job creation. Under the Plan for America’s Job Creators, the House voted to repeal and defund ObamaCare, and has passed nearly 30 other bipartisan bills cutting federal bureaucracy and red tape -- bills that are collecting dust in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Learn more about the Republican jobs plan at