"Unfortunately, the people who are really hurt by this change are the employees. They now have to contribute a larger portion of the expense when they seek medical attention. That can be a disincentive for workers to seek care in some instances," added Norton.
Being able to offer health insurance is important as farmers strive to offer benefits that attract high quality workers, pointed out the dairyman. Dairying is already a volatile enough business. Higher health insurance premiums would easily cost his farm thousands of more dollars.
That's why he made the trip to Washington and sought repeal of the HIT tax. "It's very important we are able to offer reasonable health insurance if we're to obtain the workers we need to stay in business.
For another "take" on the impact of the Affordable Care Act's impact on farmers, be sure to read the "Profit Planner" column in the upcoming June American Agriculturist issue.