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Palm Beach Post: NFIB, a pioneer in legal challenge, condemn’s court ruling

Friday, July 06, 2012

The National Federation of Independent Business, which early on joined Florida and 25 other states in challenging the Affordable Care Act, condemned the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday that maintains central parts of the sweeping law.

“Florida’s small-business owners have been fighting this battle alongside the Florida Attorney General’s office from day one, and after months of uncertainty and frustration, the Court’s decision is grave disappointment to them,” said Bill Herrle, NFIB-Florida’s executive director.

“The increasing costs of health-care are the number one concern for the small-business community, and this flawed law does nothing to address cost,” he added.

States are likely to find some silver lining in the ruling, which stops short of imposing strict penalties on those that don’t comply with a major expansion of Medicaid coverage. But for businesses opposed to the measure, there is little to cheer.

“This day will go down in history as the day when Americans lost a part of their freedom – the freedom to choose what to buy with their money,” said Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center.

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