On a site called Obamacare Facts, an argument is made that state health care exchanges “will help lower costs and improve choice of plans” for small business owners. The site also argues that spreading administrative costs across more employers, tax credits, and subsidies will also help to lower costs for small businesses.
Yet when the National Federation of Independent Businesses surveyed their entire membership in New York state (over 11,000 business owners), they couldn’t find a single member that could say that their costs had been lowered through Obamacare.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents nearly 11,000 entrepreneurs across the state, says it has yet to find a single member whose health-care costs are going down under the ObamaCare program, whose plans took effect New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, an “overwhelming majority” of businesses canvassed by the group has reported increases in their insurance premiums, said Mike Durant, the NFIB’s New York director.
Michael Kennedy, who runs two family-owned dog-grooming salons near Albany, said changes to his cut-rate insurance coverage mandated by ObamaCare had more than doubled the cost, from $132.99 to $325.92 a month per person.
And when he checked the cost of buying an ObamaCare policy instead, it was “basically the same price, or even more,” he said.
Kennedy, 46, said that he and his wife clear only about $60,000 a year from their Pink Dog Parlor and Resort business, and that paying the new, higher premiums will be “a huge challenge.”
“It’s like another 100 dogs we need to groom,” he said.
The Post report goes on to explain that businesses aren’t the only losers under Obamacare. United Healthcare was forced to downsize their Medicare Physicians network, meaning seniors are being forced to find new doctors.
… due to Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage, among other factors, UnitedHealth expects its network of physicians “to be 85 percent to 90 percent of its current size by the end of 2014.” The result?
This despite Obama’s pledge that “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan.”