Two-thirds of small business owners in a national survey want “decreasing monthly premiums,” according to the National Association for the Self-Employed. This result comes just before the Feb. 15 closing date for Open Enrollment in Obamacare coverages.

“Affordability of health care coverage continues to be a major concern of small business owners,” said Katie Vlietstra, vice president for Government Relations and Public Affairs for NASE. “Greater than 23 percent of those we surveyed are budgeting to spend more than $10,000 on health care expenses alone this coming year.”

That level of expense impedes their ability to save, grow and create new jobs, she added.

More than 80 percent of these small business owners and self-employed entrepreneurs did not qualify for tax subsidies that are promoted as helping some low-income Americans pay for coverage. Another finding from this survey released today is that half of respondents said they have either “low” or “very low” confidence they will be able to find both affordable and comprehensive health care coverage this year. 

See details of this small business survey here and click here to view tips for small businesses seeking to buy health care coverage.