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Businesses say costs keep rising

WASHINGTON — The National Federation of Independent Business, which joined 26 states in challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, said Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a &#';bait-and-switch&#'; in the law.

&#';Obviously, we&#';re incredibly disappointed in the outcome,&#'; said NFIB Chief Executive Officer Dan Danner on a conference call. &#';We still believe that the individual mandate was a step too far into people&#';s individual lives and even though it was stricken down under the commerce clause, the fact that now we keep everything alive by calling it a tax, we&#';re still very disappointed.&#';

Danner said the Affordable Care Act &#';doesn&#';t work for small businesses. The costs keep going up and we believe that the remaining bill will make their costs worse, not better.&#';

Danner said the NFIB &#';will continue to push to repeal the health care bill and start over with what we think are better reforms that help small business and lower their costs.&#';

Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB&#';s Small Business Legal Center, said, that while the court said Congress does not have unlimited power under the commerce clause, &#';it did endorse a bait-and-switch, where Congress can pass a tax, enact a tax and not call it a tax and that&#';s OK under the taxing power of the United States.&#';

&#';For young people,&#'; said Danner, &#';this is a big new tax on you. The law is going to become less popular, not more.&#';

&#';There are a lot of questions going forward about this new tax,&#'; Danner said. &#';We&#';re very worried about taking away FSAs (Flex Spending Accounts) and HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) which were important and valuable alternatives to have.&#';


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