While few can argue that health care in the United States is in need of reform, many business leaders are concerned about some of President Obama’s plans for implementing changes. According to an article in the Business Review, one reform the new president supports is employer mandates to provide health insurance. Those businesses that do not offer employees some type of health care would be obligated to pay the government instead. While this may be good in theory, the reality is that the cost of health care is twice what it was a decade ago and premiums continue to go up. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, small businesses pay 18% more on average for health insurance for their employees than larger employers. According to the NFIB, employer mandates in 2009 could cost up to 1.6 million jobs over the next five years. Those hardest hit? Construction industries and…you guessed it…Restaurants. Ask any independent restaurateur if they have money to pay for any type of health insurance, and most likely the answer will be no. At a time when the restaurant industry is at all time low, the last thing it needs is government mandates add more weight to an already heavy burden.