Today, Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) released the following statements on the 18 month anniversary of the health care law to highlight the reform's negative impact on job creators:
Rep. Pitts: "It has become abundantly clear that the "if you like it, you can keep it' promise the president made to the American people has been broken. The health reforms fail to decrease the rising cost of health care; meanwhile, the law's mandates make it more difficult for job creators to provide health care for employees. Employers should be incentivized to provide coverage, not punished. And consumers, not government bureaucrats, should be deciding what health care plans best fit their needs."
Rep. Herger: "Employers have said time and time again that they need help with costs. Unfortunately, more than a year has passed and their calls have gone unheeded -- there has been no relief from the high cost of health insurance. Despite the President's repeated promises that the Democrats' health care law would lower the cost of health insurance, employers are still facing higher health costs and a higher cost of doing business -- both of which are making it more difficult for employers to continue offering health insurance coverage in the workplace. At a time when Americans continue to face economic uncertainty and job creation remains stagnant the law is still hurting, not helping improve affordability."