New Government Report Contradicts Obama’s “You Can Keep It” Promise
Washington- A new government report pours cold water on President Obama’s oft-repeated promise that, “if you like your healthcare coverage, you can keep it.” According to the report, the Democrats’ new healthcare law – which Carol Shea-Porter voted for – may force New Hampshire workers into new plans, and no amount of political spin can mitigate the damage that will be done. In addition to saddling struggling New Hampshire families and businesses with new taxes and more government regulations, a majority of workers could lose their current coverage according to the report.
“Over and over in the health care debate, President Barack Obama said people who like their current coverage would be able to keep it. But an early draft of an administration regulation estimates that many employers will be forced to make changes to their health plans under the new law. In just three years, a majority of workers—51 percent—will be in plans subject to new federal requirements, according to the draft.”
“How employers react to the final rules will be critical. If major companies start dropping health care benefits, opting instead to pay the government a penalty, Democrats would face a political backlash.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, “Health Overhaul to Force Changes in Employer Plans,” Associated Press, 6/11/10)
With the Democrats’ healthcare bill already putting families and small businesses across the country in a bind, this new report could spell political disaster for Shea-Porter.
“Last month, the nation's most prominent small-business association joined in a lawsuit against the health-care overhaul signed into law earlier this year by President Barack Obama. The National Federation of Independent Business concluded that the law will be harmful to small businesses and to prospects for small-business job creation.”
“Others have pointed out that the law requires any employer with 50 or more employees either to provide health coverage or to pay a penalty. This could deter small employers from increasing their work forces and could induce some who are just over the 50-employee threshold to cut workers in order to get under it.” (“Bad Business,” Columbus Dispatch Editorial, 06/05/10)
Shea-Porter was hoping that the healthcare blowback would eventually subside, but polling shows that voter frustration is still high months after this job-killing legislation was passed.
“Polls show that the public remains confused and deeply split over the health law. A CBS survey released last month found that 43 percent approved of the measure; 47 percent disapproved.” (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “White House and Allies Set to Build Up Health Law, New York Times, 06/06/10)
“By putting over half of America's working families' current healthcare coverage at risk, Carol Shea-Porter has foolishly put her political career in jeopardy,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Small businesses are already suffering the consequences of the Democrats’ job-killing agenda, and the government’s own report says the healthcare takeover is only going to make things worse. Americans are tired of an out-of-touch Democrat majority that pays lip service to the issues they care about. With the economy still bleeding jobs, Shea-Porter's support for her party’s healthcare agenda is proving to be the kiss of death to her political career.”