Small business owners react to Obamacare

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I am a restaurant owner, and I have had this restaurant for over 16 year. I have over 10 employees currently, some part-time, and some full time. It is not I don't want to provide health care for my employee, I just can not afford. Obama's health care plan will put me out of business. My business just does not have extra money pay for employees health care. With the minimum wage increase to $7.25, my business is going to under a lot of pressure. I really don't know what else to do, I already work over 70 hour a week try to save some labor cost. I just want to Obama give our small business break. All small business owner work really hard to try to stay in business. I know a lot of small business owner don't even have insurance for themselves.

National health plan will kill business.

Shirley


I work for a major health insurance company. We have already felt the effects of the economy on our company and are afraid we will not survive at all with Obamacare. We have a hiring freeze on right now. Many contractors that we use for projects have not had their contracts renewed. Many growth projects have been put on hold. Many fears layoffs will come. They have already told us they are looking at our retirement benefits and to expect change. Is this the change Obama promised? If we get national health care, this will probably force our health insurance company out of the private sector. Then I guess we won't have to worry about the change in our retirement benefits because we also won't have a job anymore. Thousands more people from a health insurance company, to boot, will be needing health insurance and a job. Yes, this is change we can believe in.

Linda


For us it is not a matter of hire/fire, but very much a matter of possibly dumping the health insurance we have for our managers (paid 100% by our company) because there's no way we can afford to cover our p/t employees too. If coverage is mandated for everyone in the company we are better off taking the 8% payroll penalty, thus dumping everyone, including top brass (me,too) into the public health system. After seeing the rules today such as must pay 72% of employee's cost AND pay 64% of dependent costs, it took me less than five minutes to do the math on that one.

Chris


I am President of a small (250 employees) directional drilling company. We are the embodiment of the American dream. Starting with seven employees in 2003 we worked hard and now provide good paying jobs and a nice benefit package, including health care for all of our 250 employees. Our future is in jeopardy because of the one two punch of Cap and Trade and Government Health Care reform. If corporate taxes are increased to pay for this anvil around our necks then I doubt that we will be able to survive much less compete with the giants in our industry (Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes). We have already reduced salaries, furloughed over 30 employees and are considering reducing the benefits we provide. Stimulus? What’s that? Obama is no friend to small business. The only decent jobs that will be left if Congress rolls over are government jobs. Those will be short lived because hard working schmucks like me won’t be feeding the pigs at the trough.

Mike


My partner and I are consultant engineers in the business jet aviation industry. As luxury items go in a recession, the current economy has taken a big hit on our business. Two of our employees have left our company and we have not replaced them. Instead, we use part-time contractors on an as needed basis. With that said, 2 full time employees could be hired. However, we will not be hiring anyone near term with the current economy, threat from Obamacare, and the threat of increase income taxes. We are going to wait to evaluate the economic outlook and additional government cost burden before making any new investment decisions.

David


I am a small business owner on Long Island, New York. I started my business 35 years ago from my kitchen table in my 1 bedroom apartment, and today I have two locations and employ over 20 people. I personally work 6 days a week, a minimum of 10-12 hours a day, and have not taken a vacation in over 17 years. I cover my employees (and families) with a terrific health insurance plan, I have a matching 401K plan, and pay an above industry average salary to all of my employees.

Well guess what ... If this Health Plan is passed by Congress and I have to personally pay anywhere from 1% to 5.4% PENALTY, if my company has to pay additional taxes, if my deductions are reduced or eliminated, I WILL SHUT MY DOORS AND FIRE ALL 20 PEOPLE.

I am done being punished, ridiculed, and made a fool of because I took the American Dream by the horns and made a success of myself.


Let somebody else (the government) employee these 20 people. I will shut down within a month, move out of New York "Tax and Punish The Successful" State, and never contribute another red cent to any charity, cause, or non-profit again.

I AM DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fran


I am the Controller for a small wholesale distributor in CT. I have to say that with the current tax rate we had a rather large tax burden for 2008. 2008 was our best year ever, for profits. As cash flow and profit are not the same thing the amount we paid out in taxes was quite high and with 2009 looking thin - and it has been - we had to lay off one full time and one part time employee. We now have only 13 people on the books. So percentage wise, if you look at the part timer as a 1/2 of a person we reduced about 10%. With the new burdens we are potentially facing I would say that one or two more people may have to go. The owners have cut their salaries back substantially, I have cut myself back by 20% and our hourly people have been cut back a couple of hours a week. As we work for a great family the owners have taken the bulk of the burden on themselves and are very hesitant to cut back on the employees. But they can't do that forever.

Susa

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

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