U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, today issued the following statement regarding the Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the Health Care Law's Impact on Jobs, Employers, and the Economy:
"This hearing reinforced what I've been hearing from Central Ohioan small business owners since the Democrats passed their health care law, that this government take-over of health care will impact their ability to retain and create jobs. The taxes, fees, and federal mandates woven in to this law hit small businesses hard, costing them billions of dollars. It's already affecting their ability to do business. One witness, a restaurant owner from Indiana who had planned to open 14 more restaurants in Indiana and Ohio, testified that complying with the employer mandate to provide health care is going to cost his company 50 percent more than its annual earnings. That doesn't even take in to account requirements like the 1099 reporting requirement or other tax penalties.
"It's not just hitting the small business owners, people who already have health care are learning about little-known provisions, like changes to flexible spending accounts that prohibit the purchase of over-the-counter medicine or the coming cap on these accounts. I agree we need health care reform in this country, but not at the cost of burdensome mandates, increasing health care costs, new taxes, and limited job growth."
Note: Congressman Tiberi was a cosponsor of the bill to repeal the health care law (H.R. 2) and voted for it when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives on January 19, 2011.
Other health care reform measures Congressman Tiberi has cosponsored this Congress include:
H.R. 397, the Reform Americans Can Afford Act, introduced by Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA). The bill would "replace" the current health care law with provisions Republicans have long advocated that would lower the cost of health care like coverage of pre-existing conditions, prohibition on life-time limits, expansion of health savings accounts, the ability to purchase health care across state lines and medical malpractice reform.
H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, that would permanently prohibit the taxpayer funding of abortion
H.R. 369, the Health Savings and Affordability Act, that would expand and strengthen health savings accounts