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Why Business Owners Fear Obamacare
| March 26, 2012 | 07:16 AM EDT

When the Supreme Court takes up the issue of the constitutionality of the health care law this week, small business owners will be front and center in the debate.

The National Federation of Independent Business, along with 26 states, is among those challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The law, popularly known as Obamacare, passed nearly two years ago and scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Whether it does is now up to the Supreme Court, which will hear three days of oral arguments for and against it.

The NFIB is leading the challengeagainst Congress’ authority to mandate that all Americans have health insurance. While proponents of the law say because Congress regulates interstate commerce, and because health insurance companies operate across state lines, the law is legal, the NFIB, along with other critics say government is overstepping: It can’t require that people enter into commerce. And if the healthcare law is upheld, then what’s next?

Whether we will get the chance to find out is now up to the Supreme Court, which begins its hearing today and continues through Wednesday. The justices will release a ruling on the law by late June.

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