LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Britt Slocum says he wants to grow employment at his business, Jersey Giant Subs, but fears President Obama's Affordable Care Act could quash that growth. In a news conference convened by the Romney for President campaign, Slocum told reporters the ACA, "has essentially put the brakes on any growth that my business may be able to experience here, which is the American dream, isn't it?"
The ACA, up for a ruling Thursday from the U.S. Supreme Court, requires employers of over 50 people to provide them health insurance or face penalties. "Something like this would absolutely crush us and our dreams," he told reporters inside his store Wednesday.
Slocum stopped providing health insurance 10 years ago, after premiums tripled, he said.
A group called Know Your Care exists to inform people about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Spokesman John Freeman, speaking on the phone from Madison Heights, told WZZM 13 Wednesday that "the idea is everyone benefits from having healthy employees and everybody has to be a part of the solution - so it's in this gentleman's self interest that his employees get health care."
Freeman said small businesses would be able to take advantage of competitively-priced health insurance changes that are an element of the ACA. In addition, businesses under 25 workers can take advantage of tax credits to defray health costs, Freeman said.
"This is gonna make health care much more affordable for small businesses," Freeman said.
By Peter Ross