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Rep. Price: Obamacare Causing ‘Economic Destruction’

“29ers are folks who have seen their hours reduced from 40 hours a week...49ers are those employers who have decreased the number of employees to under 50."

Rodrigo Sermeño


March 6, 2014 - 6:54 pm

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) warned Thursday about the effects of Obamacare on jobs, saying it creates perverse incentives for businesses by compelling them to seek ways to avoid the health care law’s burdens.

“You know who the 29ers and the 49ers are?” Price asked the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “29ers are folks who have seen their hours reduced from 40 hours a week to 29 hours a week so that their employer can get out from under the incredible burden of Obamacare. The 49ers are those employers who have decreased the number of employees to under 50 so that they’re not exposed to the burdens of Obamacare.”

He said a car dealership in his district with 168 full-time employees has gone down to two full-time employees, while the remaining 166 workers have moved to part-time employment.

“That’s economic destruction. This law is not just harming people’s healthcare lives, it’s harming their economic lives,” Price said.

Price said it was “astounding” to hear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s claim last week that all the “horror stories” being told about the effects of Obamacare are untrue.

“It’s actually astounding that the leader of the U.S. Senate could make such a statement and mislead and deceive the American people in that way,” he said.

Price, a doctor by trade, also warned about the effects of the new healthcare law on medical professionals.

“We’re gonna have a huge decrease in the number of physicians in this country because the federal government is coming in and telling them exactly what they must do and that’s not what they went to school and got their training for. They believe that patients, families, and doctors ought to be making the medical decisions, not Washington, D.C., ” Price said.

Price has introduced a bill that would replace Obamacare with a system he claims would improve access to healthcare by making it more affordable.

The system is based on six principles: affordability, accessibility, quality, responsiveness, innovation, and choice.

“Every single one of those principles is violated by Obamacare,” Price said. “The bill that we have put forward gives everyone the ability and the incentive to purchase the coverage that they want for themselves and their family, not what the government wants them to buy.”

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it would allow consumers to keep health insurance plans that do not comply with the standards of the federal healthcare law for another two years.

Republicans have criticized Obamacare’s latest delay as a ploy to help Democrats win the midterm elections in November.

“The president is desperately trying not to the fix the healthcare law, but to save the elections,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said. “Not to help patients, not to help providers, not to help the taxpayers of this country, but to help Democrats in the midterms.”

Price said he was not surprised parts of the law have been delayed until after the elections in November.

“What the president is admitting…is that this law doesn’t work. It doesn’t work across the board. It doesn’t work for patients, it doesn’t work for doctors, it doesn’t work for employers, it doesn’t work for employees,” Price said. “At this point, the federal government is waking up and realizing that [the law] doesn’t work from a financial perspective.”

Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.

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Since Obama has seen fit to delay mandates for some sizes of businesses it's clear that he is trying to help Democrats in the next election. In the intent of full disclosure there is nothing stopping all businesses from publishing the actions that would and will be taken when those delays finally run out. Their employees should be for-warned concerning the costs that will be inflicted on them and how many of them will have hours reduced and how many may lose their jobs. It's very important that this information be published BEFORE the 2014 mid-term election so those likely to be affected can choose their votes wisely.
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The "never let a good crisis go to waste" crowd isn't above creating the crisis. I'd wager these effects of the law are by design... expanding a permanent underclass that is dependent on government handouts to get by- and they'll vote for the candidates that they believe will maintain the flow of relief money- Democrats.
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This tax is suppose to help destroy the middle class. Cutting work hours is one way to help get people on the government sugar tit.

There should eventually be just the 1%, the educated class doing the bidding of the 1%, and the non-enlightened class on government programs to control same. Come on, get on board the New Age agenda of destroying American rugged individualism.
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to pay for their health insurance? Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this, but from then on FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE you will pay those higher rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats all voted for it, they can’t be depended on to join the effort. It’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is for all government levels. Remember, it’s YOUR money so vote your pocketbook. This situation is hardly different from your taxes being assigned to support an illegal alien, and that will happen when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see Also, medical taxes go up in 2014. See Join with us to our mutual benefit in the Primary elections and in November 2014. After obamacare is repealed or defunded we can go back to our normal bickering.
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