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.';