NFIB Petitions Against the Affordable Care Act
Small business owners have a lot on their minds these days without having to worry about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their business. There has been a lot of controversy around the individual mandate that requires every U.S. resident to purchase healthcare by 2014, and now the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is petitioning against the entire Affordable Care Act.
The NFIB’s case has reached the Supreme Court and Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, said the group expects to hear a ruling by June 2012. Harned said it is important to hear a decision soon so that businesses can start planning.
“The government can’t make us buy any other product for the good of the economy,” Harned said. “It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see how this could be extended as far as what they are asking us to do. Hopefully the court will see this is a bridge too far.”
With the rough economy small business owners are having enough trouble planning without wondering the future of the health care system. The NFIB hopes the Supreme Court will rule the entire Act, especially the individual mandate, unconstitutional.