Area Small Businesses Brace For ObamaCare’s Jobs-Killing Taxes, Mandates

Area Small Businesses Brace For ObamaCare’s Jobs-Killing Taxes, Mandates

By Congressman John Boehner

Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today released the following weekly column regarding the devastating effect the president’s health care law is having on area small businesses and their ability to retain and hire new employees:

“Across the country, small business operators are bracing for the costly tax increases, regulations, and mandates associated with the new health care law advocated by President Obama.  Only three percent of employers say that their health care costs won’t increase as a result of the 2,000 page law Washington Democrats rammed through Congress in March, according to the Associated Press.

“As House Minority Leader, each week I hold a press conference with national media to talk about the important issues before the nation.  Whenever possible, I talk about how the issues and policies of the day are impacting people at home in Ohio’s Eighth District. 

“This week I was honored to have two small business operators from the district, Todd Wilber of West Chester and Tyeis Baker-Baumann of Greenville, join me to talk about the destructive effect President Obama’s health care law is having on small business’ ability to create new jobs and help get our economy moving again.

“Todd operates a number of Taco Bell and UNOs franchises in the northern Cincinnati area with his wife Becky.  At a time when Ohio’s unemployment rate is 11 percent, Todd offers hundreds of local Ohio workers the chance to prove themselves, and work their way up the ladder in the restaurant business – just like he did when he was a young adult.

“But Todd says he is very concerned about the impact that the president’s new health care law will have on his ability to retain and hire new employees.  Todd estimates his business will likely be facing at least $250,000 in new taxes as a result of ObamaCare, costs that may force Todd and Becky and hundreds of employers like them across Ohio to make job cuts instead of hiring additional workers.

“Tyeis shared a similarly concerning story about how the president’s health care law will affect her small steel fabrication and millwright business.  The new law will be a ‘logistical nightmare’ for small businesses like hers, she said, and the small business tax credit touted by the Obama Administration is of little to no use to small businesses like hers – a notion recently confirmed by an Associated Press story, which quoted one small business owner from Illinois as saying the fine print in the law that excludes many small businesses from a credit is nothing less than a ‘bait and switch.’

“A proud member of the National Federation of Independent Business, Tyeis also talked about her support for the courageous efforts by American small businesses and 20 states to overturn the president’s health care law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and will hurt small business job creation at a time when one out of every 10 Americans in the workforce is out of a job.

“Also joining us was my friend Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana), whose district stretches north of Dayton to the Findlay area.  Congressman Jordan shared a concerning e-mail he received recently from Midmark Corporation, a medical device manufacturer in Versailles that employs 750 local Ohioans.  Midmark told Congressman Jordan that a new tax on medical devices in the president’s health care law will be a crippling blow, costing them approximately $7 million in additional taxes every year beginning in 2013.

“As Todd and Tyeis both mentioned, small businesses have weathered some tough times recently.  The last thing they need right now is more uncertainty, more taxes, and more regulations.

“That’s why I’m fighting alongside my fellow Republicans to repeal this jobs-killing health care law, and replace it with common-sense reform to lower costs and help small business owners do what they do best: run and try to grow their business so they can create jobs and get our economy moving again.”

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