The National Small Business Association recently released a survey focusing on health care reform and found that the overwhelming majority of small business say their health care premiums will likely increase in 2010. "The cost of health insurance has dire implications on small-business job creation," said Todd McCracken, president and CEO of NSBA. "Premium increases forced 31% of small businesses to hold off on hiring a new employee and 19% to actually lay off an employee. This cannot continue if we have any hope of economic growth in the near future."
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