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A Mid-County small business owner spent time Wednesday getting ready to discuss healthcare on a network morning show. 

A mandate in the law states that small business owners with more than 50 employees must provide health insurance or be taxed $2,000. 

Papa John's Owner Judy Nichols' employee count stands at 51. 

As long as Nichols has been in the pizza business she says she's provided hundreds of young Americans their first jobs. 

Her dream is to expand, but as she'll explain on Fox and Friends tomorrow morning, the healthcare law is making that dream questionable. 

Nichols owns three Papa John's in the Golden Triangle including one in Nederland. She had plans to open a new on in Beaumont, but those plans are at a stand still. 

"It'd be open by now if it not been for June 28th," Nichols said. 

On that date, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act, signed into law by President Obama, was constitutional.

"I'm too small to be involved if I don't add that Beaumont store. If I don't add 50 kids to work with us. We were psyched about getting them on our team," Nichols said. 

She is referring to a mandate that taxes business owners with more than 50 employees who don't provide health insurance. 

If she opened a new store it would put her well above 50 employees, no longer making her a small business. So what does she want the nation to know the most when appears on national television Thursday morning?

"That I'm being financially incentivised to suppress economic activity instead of increase economic activity. You the people have given me a financial reason not to create jobs," Nichols said. 

Democrats argue that the mandate is not something capable of stopping economic growth and that historically, the health care system has been employer based for small, medium, and large businesses. 

Nichols says she'll be live from a Houston studio for her appearance tomorrow morning on Fox News and Friends. 

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