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Burger King Owner: Small Business Rooting for AHCA

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 02:36 PM

A longtime owner of Burger King restaurants said he is pulling for House Republicans to pass the American Health Care Act, and he is especially rooting for removing the employee mandate that was required under Obamacare.

Randy Bradley, who has for 27 years owned Burger Kings in Iowa and Missouri, said the mandate caused his workers to get worse insurance than they had, and led some employees to get up to 20 percent less pay.

"The government interfered and told me I couldn't provide my managers with the premium level of coverage anymore and my only option was to provide them with Obamacare," Bradley told Fox Business.

"Furthermore, even if I wanted to reimburse my managers for the premiums they paid for purchasing their own insurance on the open marketplace, I couldn't without facing major fines."

Before Obamacare, Bradley said he provided insurance to his managers that paid 75 percent of premiums and half of deductibles, but under Obamacare, he would have had to provide that same coverage to all his hourly-wage workers, as well.

"Ironically, most of my full-time crew that I offered Obamacare to, didn't take it, as they felt the penalty they would have to pay for not having it was actually less than they would have to spend on the premium to have the insurance," Bradley added. 

Only four out of Bradley's 40 hourly workers took the Obamacare plan.

As a small business owner, he also said trying to figure out Obamacare rules cost him money because he could not afford a full Human Resources department and had to hire an accounting firm.

"Obamacare has created fear among business owners that an innocent mistake can cost their business millions in fines," he told Fox Business.

Juanita Duggan, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, agrees with Bradley, saying Obamacare was "devastating" to small businesses. She wrote a letter to Congress on March 14 urging them to support the AHCA.

Tom Scott, director of California's National Federation of Independent Business wrote a column on Thursday in the Los Angeles Times in support of the AHCA.

"Small-business optimism soared after the election because owners believed Washington would act on their priorities. If lawmakers in Washington want to see small businesses thrive, they need to repeal a huge impediment to growth and make real progress on healthcare reform," Scott wrote.

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A longtime owner of Burger King restaurants said he is pulling for House Republicans to pass the American Health Care Act, and he is especially rooting for removing the employee mandate that was required under Obamacare.
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