Small Businesses Consider Limiting Growth, Cutting Services to Cure Health Care Cost Surge

By Ray Pinard | August 26, 2013

An interesting article by Joyce Rosenburg, AP, first published in the Washington Post, and republished on the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.

A year ago, Teresa Hartnett was on the verge of expanding her small business. The company had hit $1 million in sales, and requests from clients were flowing in. She planned to transition from nearly 30 freelancers to a full-time staff of 60 by 2014.

Then the reality of the Affordable Health Care Act hit. Hartnett realized she might not be able to afford to carry out her plan.

“At the end of that marathon of effort and sweat and stress, I’d face the impact of the ACA. I decided against it,” says Hartnett, whose company, Hartnett Inc., transforms printed documents into digital content.

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