LAS VEGAS — If the U.S. Supreme court upholds the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, small businesses will not just pay tens of thousands of dollars more a year complying with regulations. They could be forced to close, say two Nevada business owners
“A lot of businesses are bracing for this bill,” said Jeff Ecker, general manager of Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe in Las Vegas. “Instead of spending money in the community, businesses are waiting to see if all the regulations from (the national health care law) are going to take effect.”
Paymon’s has two locations in Las Vegas, and both have faced their share of struggles during the Great Recession. If the Affordable Care Act is upheld, said Ecker, businesses with multiple locations could be forced to close one or more locations, because the law penalizes businesses that don’t provide government-approved health insurance for their employees.