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Boehner: Congress Should Heed Employers’ Warnings Rather Than Interrogating Them About Effects of Job-Killing Health Care Law

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on upcoming hearings called by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the Energy & Commerce Committee, to intimidate employers who are warning that the job-killing new health care law will increase their costs and hamper job creation:

“Throughout the past year, American employers have warned that the health care policies being promoted by President Obama and his Democratic allies in Washington will hurt our economy and make it more difficult to create jobs.  Yet now that those policies have become law over the objections of the American people, Congressional Democrats such as Chairman Waxman profess shock and surprise at hearing American employers announce that they will have no choice but to make painful changes to comply with it.  The new health care law is a job-killer, and we are already seeing the negative impact it is having on our economy.

“Just as important, the law’s new cost increases and mandates are forcing employers to consider dropping health coverage for their employees and retirees altogether, which would force even more Americans into the unsustainable Medicare and Medicaid systems.  Instead of interrogating America’s private sector job creators, Congress should be listening to them, heeding their warnings about the effects of this deeply flawed new law, and replacing it with reforms that will help them get back to creating jobs.”

In a memo sent to House Republicans last Thursday, Leader Boehner urged Republicans to focus on the economy as they discuss the new health care law with their constituents during the congressional district work period.  In the memo, entitled “Where are the Jobs?  Not in President Obama’s Health Care Law,” Boehner echoed more than 100 economists who have warned that President Obama’s massive new law will hurt the economy and make job creation more difficult at a time of nearly double-digit unemployment.

NOTE: In the days after President Obama signed the new health care law, America’s employers began warning shareholders and employees about higher health care costs that would result.  AT&T announced it would bear $1 billion in higher costs, Deere & Co., $150 million; Caterpillar, $100 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; and Valero Energy, up to $20 million. Similar announcements are expected in the coming days and weeks.

via Boehner: Congress Should Heed Employers’ Warnings Rather Than Interrogating Them About Effects of Job-Killing Health Care Law | Republican Leader John Boehner.

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Boehner Report on “Stimulus”: “Broken Promises, Bloated Government, and Wasteful Spending” | John Boehner

It’s been one year since President Obama signed into law the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill opposed by Congressman Boehner. What have we gotten for all of this spending? More debt and fewer jobs.The Hill links to a report released by Boehner today that debunks the Administration’s claims that the so-called “stimulus” has worked “and touts Republican alternatives as better-suited to stimulate job growth.” Bloomberg News reports:

“Republicans released their own report, with House Minority Leader John Boehner saying the stimulus law’s first anniversary ‘marks one year of broken promises, bloated government, and wasteful spending.’

“Since the measure was passed, ‘more than 3 million Americans have lost their jobs, unemployment is near 10 percent and the deficit is set to hit a record $1.6 trillion,’ Boehner said in a statement accompanying the Republican report, entitled ‘Where Are the Jobs?’”

The Dayton Daily News reports that “Ohio unemployment was at 9.5 percent in February 2009 and rose to 10.9 percent in December 2009, the last month for which federal figures are available. Also, the state lost 107,800 jobs from February- December, 2009, according to federal data.”

And NPR reports that all of the new government spending proposed by the Obama Administration means “the national deficit will crest at a record-breaking almost $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year.” Boehner says taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth. According to CNN:

“’The American people took on record amounts of debt to fund Washington Democrats’ trillion-dollar ’stimulus’ and a year later the nation’s unemployment rate is near 10%,’ said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the House’s top Republican. ‘Taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth from the trillion-dollar ’stimulus’ and struggling families and small businesses are rightly asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’”

To learn more about the “no cost” plan for creating new jobs supported by Boehner, click here.

via Boehner Report on “Stimulus”: “Broken Promises, Bloated Government, and Wasteful Spending” | John Boehner.

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