U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Small businesses eye Obamacare rollout warily

Small businesses eye Obamacare rollout warily

Drew Greenblatt has bought health insurance for his 29 employees at Marlin Steel Wire Products for more than a decade — an expense he believes is essential for any safety-conscious manufacturing firm.

But for Greenblatt, who has owned the Baltimore-based company since 1998, the effort was complicated this year when his insurer proposed raising premiums 49 percent because of new requirements in the Affordable Care Act.

"Our plan, in effect, is not viable because it's not affordable," Greenblatt said. "The costs have gone up despite all the promises our costs would go down."

While much of the focus on the troubled rollout of Obamacare has been on...