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But Mr. Danner said the policies haven’t matched the rhetoric. He noted that Mr. Obama’s new proposal to cut corporate taxes to around 25 percent would not help many small-business owners who operate under a different corporate structure.
“If you’re a small business, and you’re paying close to 40 [percent] and GE is paying 25 [percent], you don’t think that’s a very fair deal, and you’re not very happy about that,” he said.
Despite talk of an improving economy, NFIB members said in a recent survey that they expect economic conditions to worsen before they improve. They also indicated that their No. 1 concern is uncertainty about the future - a fear Mr. Danner said has been greatly augmented by looming new requirements as the president’s health care law is implemented.
While the Affordable Care Act requires businesses to provide affordable coverage for their employees, it includes a number of provisions to assist smaller businesses who find it harder to pay for insurance. Tax credits to purchase coverage are available for businesses with fewer than 25 employees, and most businesses with fewer than 100 employees may shop for cheaper plans on insurance exchanges.
But Mr. Danner was skeptical of the provisions, saying businesses are still waiting to find out how the exchanges will run and noting that the tax credits will eventually be phased out.
Despite his opposition to most of the health care law, and his confidence that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate, he was less confident that the court will agree with the NFIB and the states that the entire law should be thrown out, the so-called “severability” issue.
“I think we’re much more optimistic on the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate, and I think we would probably agree with most of what’s been written that severability is probably a higher hurdle and won’t be as easy,” he said.
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