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Report says ObamaCare will encourage small businesses not to grow or hire

Oh, goodie!  Yet another surprise that we needed to pass ObamaCare to find out what would happen!  Details:

A study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that tax credits in the new healthcare law could negatively impact small-business hiring decisions.

The new law provides a 50 percent tax credit to companies offering health coverage that have fewer than 10 workers who, on average, earn $25,000 a year. The tax credit is reduced as more employees are added to the payroll.

The NCPA study finds the reduction in tax relief to be a cost concern for companies looking to hire additional workers, but operate on slim profit margin yet still provide employee health coverage.

“You wouldn’t think this would have an impact, but at the margins, when they [business owners] decide to hire an extra worker, they’re not only going to be paying that worker’s salary, they’re going to have to absorb the cost of losing the tax credit,” Pamela Villarreal, NCPA Senior Policy Analyst and co-author of the report, told The Hill.

After the 13th worker the economics surrounding the credit change, the study says.

For employers with 15 workers, taking on an additional hire will reduce the credit by $1,400. For a company looking to expand from 20 to 21 workers, the credit will shrink by $3,733. And businesses will take a $5,600 reduction on the credit when hiring the 25th worker.

The credit phases out for companies with at least 26 employees.

Bill Rys, tax counsel at the National Federation of Independent Businesses, told The Hill that while demand is the primary driver for hiring decisions, costs related to new hires is a key factor.

“To the extent that a tax credit is related to the benefits that you’re paying your employees, it is going to be a factor in determining what is the cost of the employee,” he said. “The fact that you’re losing a portion of the credit because you brought in a new employee is going to have to factor into the cost of who you’re hiring.”

You know, it’s almost as if liberals were a bunch of drooling economic illiterates with no real comprehension on how things work in the real world!  Almost, that is.

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May 24, 2010 - Posted by | big government, economic ignorance, health care, taxes

1 Comment »

  1. I’m not surprised by Obamacare being detrimental to small businesses and business in general. I’m thoroughly disgusted with Obama and his minion ramming Obamacare down our throats.
    I’m worried about what other abuses this administration will enact against the U.S. citizenry!

    Comment by SojournerLove | May 25, 2010


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