“Federal dictates, especially with medical care, make it more expensive and difficult to take care of the needs of our employees.”
In what is becoming an unfortunately common refrain, an NFIB survey of 900 small businesses found that 63 percent of small business owners paid higher health insurance premiums in the last year.
Jeff Mandrell, owner of Nashville-based Integrated Control Systems, Inc., echoed this sentiment: “Federal dictates, especially with medical care, make it more expensive and difficult to take care of the needs of our employees.”
Mandrell’s company, which employs 14 people including himself, designs and builds machinery and systems used mostly in factories for the manufacture of everyday products. Much of their work is with the auto industry, but they have also worked with food plants and water treatment facilities.
Excessive federal regulations and overreach have also frequently impacted their business by driving their customers—manufacturers—from the United States, but Mandrell says the federal mandates surrounding the Affordable Care Act are especially frustrating.
For Mandrell, the impact has been fourfold. He says ACA has increased the costs of health insurance, burdened his business with extra administrative costs, restricted access to medical care (thereby risking the health of his valued employees and their families) and given larger organizations an even greater advantage than they had with previous medical industry regulations.