Congressman Luke Messer (right) discusses national issues with business owners. Dearborn County Commissioner Kevin Lynch listens.
Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was the biggest topic of discussion between Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer and Dearborn County business leaders Friday.
Messer, a Republican serving his first term in Congress, held a small business roundtable at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg. Business owners wanted to learn more about the impact Obamacare will have on their bottom line.
“Implementation of Obamacare is going to kick in this fall and the first of next year. The regulations around Obamacare are tens of thousands of pages. If you had them stacked up on paper, it would stand seven feet high,” Messer said, adding he supports a repeal of the healthcare law.
Businesses with 50 employees will see the biggest impact, the congressman told businessmen and women. That could discourage some small businesses with close to 50 employees from growing.
“It is absolutely insane to think of hiring anybody right now,” Perfect North Slopes owner Chip Perfect told Messer.
Businessman Mark Banschbach said while business owners have seen the affects of Obamacare coming for some time, employees and other individuals are just now starting to feel the impact.
Messer agreed, noting that part-time employees are being cut in order to help businesses meet thresholds under the law. He said he supports moving the full-time equivalent for employees from 30 hours to 40 hours for the benefit of both businesses and part-time employees.
The Greensburg native and current Shelbyville resident said during his first months in office, the biggest issues he’s concerned with are protecting the 2nd Amendment and federal government spending.
“It’s immoral to continue to spend money we don’t have. It’s immoral to rob the next generation of their chance to live the American dream,” Messer said.
Despite the challenges the nation’s businesses face, Messer said he remains “bullish” on the future of America.
“You can make it happen. It’s a tough time, but not the worst time in our history,” he said.
The visit to Lawrenceburg was Messer’s third official trip to Dearborn County since he was elected last November.