Obamacare hasn't hurt hiring, new survey finds

Health care reform has no effect on staffing plans for most small and medium-size businesses in Ohio.
MCT Regional News
Oct 6, 2013

As it turns out, Obamacare is not standing in the way of hiring plans for most small and medium-size businesses in Ohio, according to a new survey.

PNC Bank’s fall survey of Ohio business owners found that 63 percent of them say the Affordable Care Act has had no effect on their staffing plans.

Still, it is serving as something of a damper, keeping job growth from being stronger, said Mekael Teshome, a PNC economist.

“Our labor market isn’t going to tank because of the Affordable Care Act, but it’s a sizable minority (of businesses) taking a guarded approach,” he said. “It boils down to how that individual business is doing.”

One business that has benefited from Obamacare is Hplex Solutions in Lewis Center.

The company provides real-estate development services for hospitals and doctors’ groups, including hospital expansions, new outpatient facilities, medical offices and specialty centers.

Obamacare is pushing hospitals to utilize lower-cost space for some services, and the result is more business for Hplex, said Dana Freudeman, one of the company’s partners who participated in the PNC survey.

“We have just hired because of new accounts we have secured out of state,” he said. “That’s our goal. We’d like to grow our business.”

The move will benefit patients who will have access to facilities that are closer and conveniences such as free parking, he said. Hospitals and other providers benefit because they gain business.

“Some of the facilities we’re replacing are old or needed updating,” he said.

Freudeman figures that business only stands to get better in coming years as baby boomers age and demand more health-related services.

“We’re going to be willing, insured or not, to do what we have to do to protect our health and fix our health when it goes south,” he said.

Overall, the biannual survey did not show results that were much different from the spring survey and from those in the fall of 2012.

The survey found 17 percent of the companies plan to add full-time employees over the next six months while 7 percent said they plan to reduce staff.

Nearly half of those surveyed, 45 percent, expect sales to increase in the next six months, and 36 percent think their profits will increase.

The business owners’ outlook on the Ohio economy has improved slightly from a year ago, with 61 percent optimistic or moderately optimistic about the prospects in coming months.

“There’s an improvement,” Teshome said. “The business outlook seems to have improved in Ohio a little, but owners are still guarded.”

Alexander Salamon, owner of an accounting firm in Westerville who also participated in the survey, said his biggest worry about the economy is jobs.

“A lot of people are looking. There just aren’t any jobs,” he said.

He said the economy in central Ohio is better than in many other cities because of the region’s diversity.

Teshome said the national economy has been hurt by a string of problems in the past several years.

“There was a deep recession, followed by a volatile and weak recovery and big policy question marks,” he said.

Health-care costs are a problem for some companies, while others doing business with government have been hurt by budget cuts and exporters might have been hurt by problems overseas, he said.

“The way to get out of this is, we need a series of wins,” Teshome said of the various problems facing business and government. “There’s no one fix to it.”

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By Mark Williams - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

Truth2u

SURVEY QUESTIONS are often times structured as if Katie Couric or Dan Rather was asking it, slanted to get the response they desire instead of the truth.

MANY people have lost full time jobs and have been reduced to less than 32 hours. Cleveland Clinic is terminating 3,000 people, Fed Ex in California has terminated a very large percentage of their hourly workers. Many hospitals are reducing hours or terminating employees.

Sure, they will hire to replace full time workers with part time, and this is suppose to be good?

In my opinon

Blah, Blah, Blah...Everyone has a horror story,show some proof. Even if this is all true it is because of the DO nothing congress who won't pass anything to create Jobs.

truckin

Blah blah blah, congress can't "create" jobs?? Only regulate, control, tax, etc.etc. a company. If the government really wanted to create jobs why not force all shovels to be made out of plastic and out-law, backhoes...???

Foodforthought

Really, who did the survey. Look into the real facts and you will see Obama Care is going to DESTROY new jobs, current jobs and the health care system.
For all you low life's who don't work and live off us, get off your butts and get a life!

MiddleRight

HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE?
"PNC Bank’s fall survey of Ohio business owners found that 63 percent of them say the Affordable Care Act has had no effect on their staffing plans."
Unless 100% of businesses haven't changed their plans, then it is obviously having an effect. 37% of respondents have changed their plans.
Also, I don't see a question like "do you plan to reduce full time employee hours to less than 40/week to avoid health care?"

JACKEL

How about the man dropped from his ins. for having leukemia and now can't get ins. even with Bozocare ?Does this Joker ever tell the truth ?

0_0

According to the liberals, nothing bad is happening because of 0chimpcare

Dr. Information

Obamacare hasn't even really kicked in yet.

JACKEL

The man is from Arizona .You can apply now and it will become effective Jan.1st 2014.Google Man with leukemia loses insurance !