Small Talk: Businesses seek cure for health care cost surge

A year ago, Teresa Hartnett was on the verge of expanding her small business. The company had hit $1 million in sales, and requests from clients were flowing in. She planned to transition from nearly 30 freelancers to a full-time staff of 60 by 2014. Then the reality of the Affordable Health Care Act hit. Hartnett realized she might not be able to afford to carry out her plan. “At the end of that marathon of effort and sweat and stress, I’d face the impact of the ACA. I decided against it,” says...

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