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Confusion remains for business about Affordable Care Act

Published: Wed, July 3, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.

Companies are still looking for information and a better understand of complex law

Some businesses in area welcome health law delay


There is a sense of relief among a number of local businesses that a provision forcing businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance has been delayed until 2015.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration unexpectedly announced the one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections. The delay in the employer requirement does not affect a provision in the law that requires individuals to carry health insurance starting next year or face fines.

“We’re looking at the delay as a positive thing,” said Zack Orville, assistant manager at Das Dutch Haus Restaurant in Columbiana.

A number of businesses didn’t understand all the provisions in the bill, he said. The delay will help companies with more time to make plans for what to do when the law goes into effect.

“We’ve went to a couple of seminars about it and still weren’t sure. I think they were still writing some of it,” Orville said. “It’s kind of a blessing we have more time to decide what route we want to take.”

Employees haven’t spoken much about the individual mandate, he said.

“Most of our employees have insurance through a spouse,” Orville said.

Those who don’t have insurance have been waiting for management to tell them if they will be offered insurance or if they will have to seek it elsewhere, he said.

This provision will be a problem for both large and small businesses whenever it does go into effect, said Joe Bell, spokesman for the Cafaro Co.

“I don’t think anybody is popping the champagne corks about this. It’s just a reprieve,” he said.

Read more in Thursday’s Vindicator.


1Jerry(861 comments)posted 3 years ago

A 2,700 page law and 15,000+ pages of regulations (so far); all written in in deliberately misleading and confusing legal mumbo-jumbo. Why would anyone expect it to be anything but confusing?

The whole thing was deliberately constructed to be confusing, with language that says everything and nothing all at the same time. The whole purpose was to enact a tool that can be interpreted to allow an over-reaching out-of-control government to do anything it wants to do, to anyone it wants to do it to.

Remember, "we (had) to pass it to find out what's in it."

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2redeye1(5673 comments)posted 3 years ago

Even the IDIOT in the white house doesn't know what 's in this half-arse bill. But he wants everyone just to accept it, because it doesn't include him. It's time to repeal all together.

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years ago

We still don't know what's in it and we may never know, as they are still in design stages.

Meanwhile, the government was trying to force businesses to comply, but businesses did not know what to comply to. What an absolute mess...and this is going to cost us a lot of money!

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4Aware(255 comments)posted 3 years ago

“We’ve went to a couple of seminars about it and still weren’t sure.

Well, 'we've gone' to seminars and ARE sure. We own a business. We WANT to cover our employees. And we have always have done so. It is the cost of doing business the right way. We are under 50 employees so are not required to offer medical. But we do it. If businesses do not know how to comply, they have no business being in 'business'. Really.

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5Jerry(861 comments)posted 3 years ago

Why are there more comments indicated in the comment counter, and a lesser number of comments actually posted under the article?

In the past I have found this to mean that there are people writing a comment and thinking it is posted, but the comment is really not showing up live on the site.

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6JoeFromHubbard(1815 comments)posted 3 years ago

@ Jerry:

I've noticed the same thing also.
Could it be the Comment Police at work?

The Obamacare article could draw an innumerable amount of comments.

What a tragedy foisted upon American businesses and individuals. No wonder job creation is so slow to develop in this country.

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