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Obama -- some small business owners say it is what they don't know about the health care law that is hurting them.
What is your -- administration not -- number that is keeping their businesses from growing.
-- matters the owner of bittersweet meaning cafe and bakery in Virginia he joins -- nice to see if having me how how -- you -- this business.
I've wounded 23 years how many employees -- have 45 what is so what is preventing you from having any sort of expansion plans.
Well and expanding a business like mine there are many many factors involved but health -- certainly is -- concern.
-- usual in our industry to provide health care firm for all your employees a lot of restaurants only cover their management employees so we've.
Think it's a competitive and -- -- I think gets.
Important thing to provide health care for all of our employees and so it's a big it's a big not every.
We hear that I that awkward position -- you have -- 45 employees.
If you if you had to hire five more you automatically you don't have a lot of flexibility at that point in terms of providing health care or not -- -- -- you know we'd be required to fifty notably height is an -- holiness 45 I just to see what happened to me is that having is that -- Now as I said there are many factors that go into a decision about extension by the you know you.
The last few years mean is it just been I think the average has been are seventeen or 18% increase in our premiums every year.
So it's an escalating cost and we pay most of the expense for refer for long term employees so it's.
Again it's a really big -- not every year.
What don't you know about it -- -- her -- what what what do you need to have answered.
Well nobody really knows -- what's gonna happen next you know what what is.
The affordable health care act gonna have what impact a second -- have -- on premiums going forward nobody really understands that.
-- so I said if your premiums stay in word if you if someone said tonight don't worry you get your premieres -- stay the same for the next five years would that give me at a certain date to expand.
In business we always like -- behind.
Sure that would be great.
Do unto others other small business good to talk to them is a damned and -- and try to get an idea of how much influence at this health care has -- business decisions because on the one hand you know we're trying to figure out how to implement -- -- -- is on the other -- we're trying to -- the common.
Economy -- up.
-- It's a difficult thing you know a lot of small businesses I am afraid your gonna decide that they feet and they may decide to pay the penalty in May not provide the benefit for people I think that's a bigger problem frankly.
We're all subsidizing health care a certain extent now because so many people don't have coverage.
It just try not to tell you about back in February 09 president had a large stimulus though I'm curious has a stimulus bill -- felt the impact you think has helped your business has to help the economy.
I'm very fortunate to own a business here in Washington in the Washington area we've been spared a lot of the pain a lot of the rest of the country has.
Has experience I think we are our economy has really stayed pretty strong in this area.
I wouldn't want to own a restaurant and catering business and plus Vegas or Orlando or a lot of places that got -- much for battling and we did.
Gerri thank you very much.
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