In what has become one of his go-to anecdotes in criticizing the health care law, Gov. Rick Scott tells the story of a small business owner was afraid the law would put him out of business. Scott shared this anecdote with Fox News, in a speech in downtown Tampa, and even to a gathering of Pasco County Republicans. In Pasco, Scott said he was stopping in for a Blizzard at Dairy Queen when he spoke to the restaurant owner.
Today, the Times/Herald caught up with Jamshaid "Dean" Mohyuddin, who owns the Dairy Queen on Tallahassee's North Monroe Street. He confirmed that the governor did come into his fast food restaurant recently and that he complained to Scott about the insurance requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Pictured, left to right, are employees Maria Paz, Stanya Thompson, Mohyuddin and his son Humzah Mohyuddin.)
Mohyuddin had heard about the Affordable Care Act and its requirements that businesses provide health insurance to their workers, and it worried him. He told the governor that he can't afford to shoulder such costs. "What will this mean?" he remembers asking Scott.
"I'm a businessman myself, and I and I don’t even have health insurance," Mohyuddin said. "I can’t afford it.”
Scott encouraged him to link up with other business owners to support Mitt Romney's campaign for president, Mohyuddin remembers.
But what he didn't know at the time was that this provision of Obamacare doesn't affect him because he has fewer than 50 employees. He didn't know that he was exempt from providing insurance or paying related fines until he spoke to the Times/Herald.