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Obamacare red tape, cost remain small business concern

Posted: Updated: Feb 11, 2014 06:57 PM
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Susan Goyer runs a Brentwood business that provides human resource services for other small companies like hers, but she's running into a lot of red tape because of Obamacare regulations.

"For companies trying to administer these things, it's been a bear of a year," she told News 2 during a gathering of small business owners on Tennessee's Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Goyer says many companies she helps have to sort through things like various employee notifications required by Obamacare.

"Of course, everything keeps changing and that is what we are trying to keep up with, so for those of use trying to administer these things, you have your nose in a book quite a lot," added Goyer.  

Other small business owners blame Obamacare for rising health care premiums.

Mark Faulkner, who runs a small company called Vireo Systems, says he used to see yearly premium increases of seven-to-20 percent, but he says Obamacare compliant plans have had a premium increase cost of 25-to-40 percent.  

"I like making sure our employees are covered, but what we are doing is just trying to support them financially better to go out and find the best care and coverage for their family on their own," he told News 2. "I feel bad for the employees to muddle through that themselves, and several have tried to navigate through the current health care system, and I know it's been exceedingly challenging for them."

Faulkner and Goyer are members of the National Federation of Independent Business which had its "Small Business Day" at the Capitol.

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