Restaurant owners concerned over ObamaCare

Congressman Tom Rice discussing Tax Reform, Infrastructure, and ObamaCare with business owners.

On Wednesday, local, state, and federal leaders met with business owners at Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet for a luncheon regarding concerns on tax reform, infrastructure and ObamaCare.

Restaurant owners say they're worried what the new health care law will mean for their businesses and the economy.

"Restaurants on the Grand Strand represent about 30,000 employees. We're second to government," said David McMillan, who's on the board of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association.

The new mandate also known as the Affordable Care Act, considers an employee full-time if they work 30 hours a week and requires businesses to offer health care if they employ more than 50 full-time workers.

"It's already hurt many jobs. A lot of restaurants have cut back to keep people under 30 hours," said McMillan.

ObamaCare is to take effect in January of 2015.

Some restaurant owners say if the provisions remain the same, they see big changes to soon come.

"We agree that there needs to be some fixes to the health care system. Should they all be done at the expense of the employers, especially the small employers? It's going to be tough to survive," said McMillan.

For now, restaurant owners say they're being cautious.

"The goal right now is to hire less people because we don't know with the uncertainties," said Al Hitchcock, co-owner of Drunken Jack's Restaurant.

Congressman Tom Rice who was at the luncheon said he will voice the concerns back in Washington D.C.