Honors College Theses

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Small Business Healthcare Costs

Publication Date



Accounting (BBA)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Charles Harter


In 2008, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, a groundbreaking law that completely overhauled the American healthcare system in an attempt to make healthcare more reasonably priced and available. The likely effectiveness of the law was heavily debated by politicians. This study looks at the portions of the la that affect small businesses. It includes reasons why, historically, small businesses have had high healthcare costs compared to larger businesses and how new regulations in the Affordable Care Act are likely to affect health insurance expenses for small firms.

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