Business reacts to healthcare ruling
Small business owners react to the Supreme Court's decision about Obama's Affordable Health Care Act. Our Erin Vannella canvassed the Capital Region for local reactions.
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ALBANY, N.Y. – “I don't think you're going to find many individuals from any businesses saying people shouldn't have health care. That’s not the question. It’s how is it affordable,” said Mark Eagan, CCE Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Local business groups react with some pessimism toward the new health care mandate requiring all Americans be insured.
Eagan said, “For some of those small businesses you're referring to, they're going to have to say, well if this bill goes up by this, this means I can't buy this piece of equipment or it means I don't hire that extra employee because I can't afford the overhead.”
No local employers we asked would talk on camera, saying either they didn't know enough about the plan or didn't want to worry prematurely.
New York Director from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Mike Durant, said in a few words.
Durant said, “I think that really for a small business owner, this is probably the worst case scenario.”
He worries the Affordable Care Act will impose an unfair tax hike. Others put hope for help in the governor's health exchange program that aligns local business owners with chambers of commerce and business associations.
“So there are some vehicles in place and I think New York is beginning to recognize there already are sort of quasi exchanges in place,” said Eagan. “There are places where businesses can head towards to get health insurance.”
Of course, this doesn't touch the question of quality or any number of other concerns employers may have, but answers will have to come in time.
Eagan said, “For either side, this is just one step in the process. It's a bigger question than just access.”