Updated 06/30/2012 04:33 PM
'Hands Off My Healthcare' campaign urges repeal of Affordable Care Act
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RALEIGH—Following a Democratic victory at the Supreme Court last week, Civitas and Americans for Prosperity are already firing back.
"This is a devastating to the economy, it was bad policy yesterday, it's bad policy today, and it will continue to be bad policy into the future," said Rep. Renee Ellmers.
The organizations have created a new campaign called "Hands Off My Healthcare." It encourages people to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Laura Long was volunteering at the event's phone bank and said the public is not well informed on the issue.
"I think they should repeal it. I don't think this is what the American people wanted overwhelmingly and it's time to repeal it," said Long.
However the main issue that is the center of focus is small business operation and it might be affected.
"Many small business owners are saying I'm going to either have to close my doors or I'm going to have to stop giving healthcare insurance to my employees," said Rep. Ellmers.
Crystal Kimpson-Roberts with Protect Your Care North Carolina said that is not true.
"What we really want small businesses to understand is that this law provides financial assistance to those who decide to provide coverage, and that it does not require all small businesses to require coverage," said Kimpson-Roberts.
Kimpson-Roberts wants people to know the facts. Under the Affordable Care Act, small businesses are not required to provide coverage if they have fewer than 50 full-time employees. Tax credits are available for those who do offer coverage, and current coverage options can be grandfathered in.
Still, Ellmers said it slows down competition.
"If this doesn't apply to me at 50 employees an under, then I'm going to keep my employees at 50 and under," said Ellmers.
Both Civitas and Americans for Prosperity say they will keep contacting people asking them to get involved.