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Small businesses weigh merits of offering health care to employees

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Updated: 11/30/2013 1:34 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Small businesses will have to wait another year to use HealthCare.gov to sign up for insurance coverage. But some employers say they don't need the website because their decision is already made.

“It's expensive, I would not be able to,” said Holt Tucker, owner of Open Road Bicycles in Avondale.  “I have my own health insurance, but that's just me. It's too expensive.”

The shop only has three employees, so it is not required to buy insurance for its employees.

“Before we bought this store, I was in San Marco and was able to do health care over there and everything. They're a much bigger area than I am,” Tucker said.

Nearby, the owners of the Blue Fish Restaurant do offer insurance to their 51 employees.

“As a small business, we can afford to do it,” said owner Frank Gallo. “So I know there may be smaller businesses that can't afford it.”

Gallo said with the rebates offered under the Affordable Care Act, he may even save money. But his research has been slowed with the problems on the website.

“It's a lot harder to get to right now, hopefully after the first of the year it'll be a lot easier,” Gallo said. “But we're not going to stop coverage in any way.”

Businesses that still want to sign up to use the exchange  can, but they will have to submit paper forms, instead of doing it electronically.

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nativejax - 11/30/2013 8:55 AM
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So is mine. No way is OBAMA going to shove that ILLEGAL healthcare on me. I won't sign up for it and if they try to FINE me through my yearly income taxes, THAT'S when I won't pay my taxes. Do you think I'm afraid of thugs? THINK AGAIN. If you people don't start standing up for your civil and personal rights to be in control of your own personal health and who you CHOOSE to go to, then you deserve everything this dictator does to you. NOT ONE of you have any idea what EXACTLY is in store for you after our lying president passed that illegal 'law'..but you will..wait and see.
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