Florida Hospitality Group Applauds Obamacare Delay


A major Florida hospitality organization is applauding a delay for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President Carol Dover says the delay from January 1, 2014 to 2015 will give businesses across Florida the chance to properly implement the new regulations.

"Kool Beanz Cafe" owner Keith Baxter has been in business for 18 years.

He says if he had to provide health insurance to his employees as the act requires for some businesses he couldn't make it.

"As much as I would like to provide them with that benefit, it would be too cost prohibitive for me to do it," said Baxter. "No I wouldn't survive," he said.

"I think it needs to be examined in great detail," Baxter said. "A lot of the opinions of smaller businesses need to be heard," he said. "I think small businesses are the backbone of this country economically," said Baxter.

Dover also said in a statement there are concerns Obamacare could negatively impact Florida's economy.

Florida's hospitality business is a more than $62-billion industry.

It accounts for 20 percent of Florida's economy and employs one million people.


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