“I don’t know how we would be able to compensate,” Griffin said. “This will have a medium to large impact, but there are still lots of unanswered questions. The unknown is the scary part and really there is no one to call to answer questions.”
State Sen. Rita Hart also attended Thursday’s presentation. The Wheatland Democrat applauded employer’s initiative to learn more about the law, which she believes is the number one issue on Iowan’s minds because of its widespread impact.
“There’s been so much information about this legislation since it was passed, some of it true, some of it not true and it’s caused a lot of worry,” Hart said. “This is a law that hasn’t been very popular, but it hasn’t really been given a chance to succeed yet.I hope in the end everyone can come together and work toward giving more people affordable and accessible healthcare.”
Presenters and area officials agreed the frustration seen Thursday is common among small business owners.
“Large businesses — and by that I mean those with 500 or more employees — have entire HR departments. They may have to add a couple of full-time employees to handle this, but they can do that,” Yolish said. “With a small business, they don’t have someone who can spell ‘HR’ and they get this book of regulations thrown at them.”
During their presentation Yolish and Helle briefly touched on the touted benefits of the legislation such as children being able to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, capped premiums for families living at different income levels, and the face that insurance companies can’t discriminate based on pre-exisiting conditions.
“What about the cost of all those things?” Yolish said. “The question remains will the costs outweigh the benefits.”