Chamber Urges Congress to Repeal Health Care Law and Start Over
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As the House prepares to vote on the “Repeal of Obamacare Act,” the Chamber’s Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, Bruce Josten, sent a Key Vote Alert today to members of Congress urging them to start over on bipartisan legislation.
He wrote, “While the Supreme Court found the majority of the law constitutional, this ruling does not change the reality that the health care law is fundamentally flawed….Left unchanged, this law will cost many Americans their employer-based health insurance, undermine job creation, and continue to raise health care costs for all. The Chamber reaffirms its desire to work toward a comprehensive, bipartisan solution that improves quality and reduces cost.”
He went on to note that, “The law does little to achieve one of the primary goals of health care reform: to ‘bend the health care cost curve downwards.’ The PPACA imposes on businesses mandates and penalties that discourage job growth, increases taxes and burdens on small businesses, creates dangerous new entitlements while cutting Medicare, and creates new plan requirements that will increase costs. Since the law was enacted, Chamber members have begun to feel the harmful effects of the new law, particularly the crushing regulatory burden and uncertainty. Many of the fears expressed by the business community have been confirmed and exacerbated by the unreasonable and compressed time frame provided for implementation.”
This afternoon, Mary Miller, the CEO of a family-owned janitorial company in the Cincinnati, Ohio area with 320 employees, testified on the Chamber’s behalf before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on just how devastating the health care law will be on her family-owned small business. Check out Mary’s testimony here.