Letter: Postpone Health Insurance Tax to support small businesses

Akula LLC began in 1999 as a maintenance provider printers, copiers, and fax machines. Over time I began to focus on servicing laser printers and selling printer supplies. Adaptation is a must for small operations such as mine. However, no one likes to be forced to adapt to higher costs from an unfair tax, and now is absolutely not the time to increase pressure on small businesses. Considering this, I hope our elected officials in Washington, D.C., will support H.R. 3367 so the Health Insurance Tax provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be postponed.

The Health Insurance Tax will bring higher health insurance premiums to smaller companies, many of which are barely surviving in this economy as it is. The tax may put some of us in the red, and some may shut down entirely. The only way for many to survive will to be to put the new cost on the shoulders of their employees. This may bring demands from workers for higher pay. There is little doubt that the tax will hurt the prospects of future business investments for many small business operators.

Harming small businesses has a ripple effect throughout the economy, especially when we consider that small businesses generate 50 percent of America’s gross domestic product. I fully support the congressional efforts to delay the Health Insurance Tax. Please join me in urging officials to do what they can ensure that H.R. 3367 is enacted in a timely matter.

— Leon Shumyaesky, owner of Akula LLC

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