VICTIMS OF GOVERNMENT
As I travel around Wisconsin, I often speak with workers, farmers, government employees, and small businessmen and women who have to comply with federal regulations every day. Some regulation is needed, but excessive regulation can be an overwhelming burden and sometimes counterproductive. While well-intentioned, these regulations can create costly headaches for folks who are already doing the right thing. These new costs -- imposed in a one-size-fits-all federal regulation -- can make it harder to make payroll, harder to meet business commitments, and even harder to respond to employee concerns. That doesn't mean every federal regulation should be repealed, but Washington needs to pay more attention to the very real negative impact of the real world application of many federal regulations.
The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy estimates that it costs Americans $1.75 trillion to comply with federal regulations each year. To put $1.75 trillion into perspective, that amount is larger than all but eleven economies in the world. It also means that over 10% of the U.S. economy is spent on trying to satisfy rules issued by Washington bureaucrats. That doesn't even include federal, state, and local taxes.
This heavy regulatory burden diverts resources from innovation to compliance, discourages business investment, and chills job creation. It is no accident that as Washington government gets bigger and bigger, and adds new regulations, more and more Americans are unemployed and underemployed and feel less secure.
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JOHNSON: PROTECT HEALTH CARE FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Not long ago, Rahm Emanuel worked for a president who told Americans, "If you like your health care, you can keep it.' Unfortunately, the way Obamacare is designed incentivizes employers to cancel coverage, change health care plans, or simply dump workers into Obamacare exchanges against their will. While White House Chief of Staff Emanuel may have denied that, Mayor Emanuel's actions demonstrate it.
No one should have his or her health care taken away due to Obamacare. Unfortunately, the way the law is designed, many other cities and employers will follow Mayor Emanuel's lead. The best way to protect consumers from these forced changes is to repeal Obamacare.
The Senate Budget Committee recently approved my amendment to improve Obamacare cost estimates, on a bipartisan vote. The Senate approved the amendment as part of broader legislation. The Congressional Budget Office should begin these broader Obamacare estimates promptly. The American people have a right to know what Obamacare may ultimately cost them."
JOHNSON COMMENTS ON IRS AND HHS
The IRS scandal targeting people and organizations who disagree with the politics and policies of the current administration violates the First Amendment. It is a frightening abuse of federal government power over the very people government is supposed to serve.
Equally frightening and onerous is Secretary Sebelius' abuse of her regulatory power to coerce contributions to pro-Obamacare organizations from the very businesses and industries she regulates. This is corruption, and Congress should immediately initiate hearings into Secretary Sebelius' abuse of her office and federal power.
As the primary administrators of Obamacare, the IRS and HHS have lost their credibility with the American people to effectively administer this massive and unaffordable new program. Both Senate Majority Leader Reid and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus have called the implementation of Obamacare 'a train wreck.'
I couldn't agree more. Congress should not allow Obamacare to proceed under a dark cloud of lawlessness, intimidation and corruption. This is another example of why this law needs to be repealed by Congress immediately. The American people deserve far more than they are getting from this administration and this Congress.
JOHNSON: CBO MAKES CLEAR AMERICA CANNOT AFFORD OBAMACARE
The President and his allies in Congress sold Obamacare by promising it would cost the taxpayers less than $1 trillion in its first decade. Instead, the Congressional Budget Office now makes clear that once fully implemented, it will cost far more than that over its first ten years: a whopping $1.8 trillion.
Obamacare will reduce medical innovation and the quality of care, increase wait times, lead to rationing, and bust the federal budget. Senators showed their concern about the cost of the program recently by approving a budget resolution that included my amendment to require more comprehensive Obamacare cost estimates. That provision was adopted on a bipartisan vote of the Budget Committee.
The Senate Majority Leader and the Senate author of Obamacare, Democrats Harry Reid (NV) and Max Baucus (MT), recently called the implementation of Obamacare a train wreck. I agree. And in addition, it will wreck our wallets too."