|By Dan Kelly, Reading Eagle, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Elmarzouky, who hosts the monthly breakfast meeting of the
Kimball was invited to the meeting held at
"This policy already has a lot of small businessmen reducing their employee hours so they can escape from covering them and that really reflects how bad it is for the small business owner to have to cover their employees," Elmarzouky said.
"Especially when you own a restaurant that offers a
Kimball said Elmarzouky is not alone in his quandary: wanting to provide health insurance for his employees, but not being able to afford the premiums.
"Some employers, and I won't say all, game the system," Kimball said. "
And business owners are not alone, Kimball said.
"The concern is that healthy families will choose to pay a penalty and go into a health insurance pool rather than pay premiums for private insurance," he said.
A study of Obamacare by the
The study further found that private, public and nonprofit employers pay an average 70 percent for a family health insurance policy and 80 percent for single employees.
The study also found that some single employees are driven off their health care plan at work if their employer begins charging a deductible or higher deductible.
A shortcoming of the act is that about 500,000 of the poorest state residents still won't get any coverage because they won't realize any benefit from being covered. For the poor who get their care from clinics or hospital emergency rooms, the Affordable Care Act has little or no meaning, Kimball said.
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