I had the chance to escape a Michigan winter for a brief time last week -- but not before a storm dumped 5-8 inches of snow the morning I was departing -- to attend the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's annual convention in Orlando, Fla.
While the allure of daytime temperatures in the 70s makes me long to spend the day away from the convention hotel, I was there to work, as I reminded myself. I attended a number of sessions, including one on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, long called Obamacare by its detractors -- and some supporters.
The attendees of the Feb. 27 session as a whole were hostile to President Barack Obama's signature first-term achievement, with some mumbling their disappointment with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote upholding the law's penalties as a tax.
One thing appears certain: There is still a lot of unknowns and confusion as the 2014 full implementation date approaches. No one seems to know if healthy young people, key to making mandatory health care affordable, will buy insurance or just take their chances and pay a small penalty until they become sick. And will companies choose to continue to provide insurance or just send workers to state-run exchanges and take the penalties instead.
For those of you with more than 50 workers whose companies will likely fall under the act, have you decided what you are going to do?