Small Businesses Hold Off On Hiring Due to the ACA

Forty-one percent of small business owners say they are holding off on hiring because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Gallup poll. Thirty-eight percent have pulled back on plans to grow their business; 19% have reduced their number of employees; 18% have cut employee hours; and 24% have thought about eliminating healthcare coverage for employees.

Forty-eight percent say the ACA will be bad for their business, compared to 9% who say it will be good, and 39% who expect no impact. Fifty-two percent say the ACA will lower the quality of healthcare; 13% say it will improve care; and 30% say it will have no impact.

Fifty-five percent of small business owners expect to pay more for healthcare as a result of the ACA. Five percent expect their healthcare costs to decline while 37% say the health law will have no effect on what they pay for healthcare. For more information, visit

Last Updated 06/29/2022

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