Fayetteville’s Lisa Sharp of Nightbird Books praises small business insurance credit on White House websiteBanner, News — By Christopher Spencer on October 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm
Remember that mild tussle within the body politic over health care reform a few months back.
Well, as you know, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March, and some of the benefits of so-called “Obamacare” are starting to trickle down.
One of those benefits? A tax credit for small businesses that provide health care to employees.
Fayetteville’s own Lisa Sharp of the independent Nightbird Books on Dickson Street was featured in the White House’s “50 Stories/50 States” project as Arkansas’s tale of healthcare reform success.
She praises the new tax credits available to small businesses as a measure that helps her retain her employees. She said she’s lost a few workers over the years to jobs that offered these benefits.
“One of my best employees left in the middle of the year because she was offered a job with insurance and I perfectly understood why she needed to do that…until I realized that I could get the 35 percent back, I really didn’t think that I would be able to afford it. At the end of the month I don’t have a lot of money left over to offer benefits and having this reimbursed through my taxes is going to give me that extra money to be able to do this.”
Yay for Nightbird Books. Yay for small businesses.
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