NRSC Launches New Web Video
Two years ago today – with the help of Senator Claire McCaskill who voted for Barack Obama’s job-killing healthcare bill – President Obama signed his $1.76 trillion healthcare bill into law. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) today released a web video reminding Missourians of the broken promises from ObamaCare.
Senator McCaskill specifically promised the healthcare bill would reduce healthcare costs for millions of people, but since this legislation has been signed into law, costs have risen by 9 percent and the average premium has risen by $1,300.
Meanwhile, McCaskill and her fellow Democrats claimed the healthcare bill would cost $940 billion, but recently the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a report that found ObamaCare would actually cost $1.76 trillion.
Notably, this bill is also hurting businesses throughout Missouri.
“Claire McCaskill promised Barack Obama’s healthcare bill would lower the cost of healthcare, but today Missourians are paying more for healthcare than ever before,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Lance Trover. “Between the job-killing taxes, the intrusive federal mandates and the raiding of Medicare funds, it’s clear Claire McCaskill misled the people of Missouri about the true effects of her government-run healthcare plan.”
Since The Signing Of ObamaCare Healthcare Costs Have Increased
BLOOMBERG: “The average cost of a family policy climbed 9 percent in 2011 to $15,073, according to a poll of 2,088 private companies and state and local government agencies by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, California, and the Chicago- based American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust.” (Jeffrey Young, “Health-Benefit Costs Rise Most In Six Years,” Bloomberg, 9/27/11)
WALL STREET JOURNAL: “[In 2011], the health-insurance premiums employers pay rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The average annual family premium for 2011 was $15,073, up from $13,770 last year.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
Meanwhile The CBO Has Increased The Price Tag Of ObamaCare To $1.76 Trillion
FOX NEWS: The Congressional Budget Office has extended its cost estimates for President Obama’s health care law out to 2022, taking in more years of full implementation, and showing that the bill is substantially more expensive — twice as much as the original $900 billion price tag. (Jim Angle, New CBO health law estimate shows much higher spending past first 10 years, Fox News, 03/14/12)
And The Bill Is Hurting Businesses In Missouri
BOSTON HERALD: “Boston Scientific’s chief executive yesterday ripped a tax on medical devices slated for 2013 and anticipated major layoffs at the Natick company if the levy — part of President Obama’s health-care overhaul — isn’t repealed. “It’s an outrage. It is soaking one of the last remaining industries in this country that pays (higher-than-average wages),” CEO Ray Elliott said at an industry conference in New York. “We’ve been very clear: We will have a lot less employees, if somebody tags us with a hundred million dollars worth of taxes.” Elliott’s comments came a week after trade group AdvaMed released a study finding that the 2.3 percent federal excise tax would lead to more than 45,000 job losses nationwide…” (Greg Turner, Boston Scientific CEO: Medical tax will mean job cuts, Boston Herald, 09/15/11)
“‘Doctors Aren’t Happy With The Bill,’ Said Randal Trecha, A Spine Specialist. ‘It’s A Disaster, Top To Bottom.’ Critics cited the costs attached to the bill, part of which will be paid for with cuts to Medicare reimbursements that ultimately will cause some doctors to refuse to treat Medicare recipients, Trecha said.” (Janese Heavin, “Blunt Stumps On Health Care,” Columbia Daily Tribune, 4/8/10)
Kansas City Star: “Small Business Owners Understandably Are Nervous About Changes Coming With Health Care Reform.” (Editorial, “Boosting Health Insurance Access,” The Kansas City Star, 9/8/10)
St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank Economist Howard Wall Said “Potential Employee-Related Costs Tied To The Health Care Act” Were Stopping Businesses From Hiring. “Frustrated job-seekers may not want to hear it, but employers have some viable reasons for not posting a ‘help wanted’ sign. . . . As St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank economist Howard Wall pointed out in a story earlier this week, that uncertainty leads to questions about potential employee-related costs tied to the health care act, financial reform and the impact of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. If those concerns aren’t enough to dampen the urge to bring new talent into the fold, Wall tosses one more misgiving onto the pile. ‘What’s scaring off a lot of employers is the huge amount it costs to hire a worker,’ he said.” (Steve Giegerich, “Hiring Expenses Add Another Hurdle For Job-Seekers,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/30/10)