By Kyle Gillis | Nevada Journal
LAS VEGAS — Nevada restaurant owners, increasingly anxious about the future of their businesses under the Affordable Care Act, are echoing statements by national restaurant chains about the excessive costs the law will impose on them.
“I don’t know what secret (the politicians) know, where they just assume we can write them a check,” said Sam Facchini, owner of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas.
“We can’t pay for this. Most of us (restaurant owners) operate on a thin margin and trying to stay in compliance (with the law) will make things much tighter.”
The biggest concern restaurant owners have with the law — commonly referred to as “Obamacare” — is Section 1513, the Employer Mandate. Going into full effect in January 2014, it requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide federally “qualified” health insurance or pay penalties of up to $2,000 per employee.
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