Owners of about 41 percent of U.S. small businesses say they are putting off hiring new employees because of worries about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Dennis Jacobs, an economist at Gallup, has included that figure in a summary of results based on a company survey of 603 small business owners.

Gallup defines a "small business" as a business with less than $20 million in annual sales or annual revenue, or fewer than about 200 full-time employees.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.