Some U.S. business groups criticized the healthcare law upheld Thursday by the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and
"It is imperative that policymakers and the business community now work together to develop and support genuine reforms that control costs, improve access, ensure quality and promote wellness," Donohue said in a statement. "These reforms and goals are achievable. The chamber and the American business community are ready to go to work to enact true health care reform. Given the court's decision, the need for action has never been greater."
The chamber's law firm had filed an amicus brief urging the
As a result of the law, Danner said, "Small-business owners are going to face an onslaught of taxes and mandates, resulting in job loss and closed businesses."
He said the federation will continue to press for repeal of the law.
"Throughout the legislative debate on the [healthcare law] and over the last two years, NCCR has voiced the industry's consistent concerns that the law would do significant harm to job growth and the economy," Green said. "We're afraid that continues to be the case as the industry braces itself for 2014."
He said chain restaurants operate on small margins and "cannot support costly government-imposed mandates" and would face penalties for non-compliance.
"Many chains have indicated they will have no choice but to cut back on workers' hours or close restaurants in order to avoid the penalties," Green said.
He said NCCR would continue to push for repeal of the healthcare law.
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