Brophy Services in Salina is the largest locally owned cleaning company in Central New York but owner Eileen Brophy doesn't want to add to her 120 employees until she knows what the Affordable Healthcare Act - better known as ObamaCare - will cost her.
"We're at a point where the uncertainty basically paralyzes you as a business owner. You don't want to hire people because you don't know how this is going to affect you," said Brophy.
Brophy Services offers health insurance to about twenty full time salaried employees but she has no idea if she will soon have to offer health insurance to all of her part-time employees. Brophy says the lack of details surrounding ObamaCare makes it impossible for her to invest in the business.
"Is this going to cost me pennies or is this going to cost me thousands of dollars? It's that uncertainty that drives people to just kind of curl up and not be able to move at this point."
States have control of some aspects of how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented but many of the specifics have not been decided on yet.
Brophy isn't the only one looking for answers. Community healthcare advocate Lanika Mabrey is working to educate neighbors about how the Affordable Healthcare Act will affect them. On Wednesday she gave a presentation to about a dozen people at the P.E.A.C.E. Inc. Family Resource Center on Syracuse's south side. Mabrey said she understands the frustrations small businesses are feeling and says many of the 2.6 million New Yorkers currently living without insurance also want to know where their coverage will come from. Many of them are wondering if their employers will have to offer the coverage of if they will have to buy it on the proposed New York Insurance Exchange.
"We agree, the laws are not perfect. we agree, we might be waiting for some details on others but we are moving in the right direction," said Mabrey.
Lawmakers don't have long to figure out the details. As of right now, New York's Insurance Exchange is scheduled to open on October 1st.