ObamaCare is Bad for Small Businesses, Even Worse for Their Employees

Another sucker punch. Another broken promise. 

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Let's Work Together

If President Obama truly wants 2014 to be a 'year of action,' it's time to start working with Republicans to help give Americans a better shot at a good job and higher wages.

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Speaker Boehner: The Keystone Pipeline’s Jobs & Secure Oil are “Critically Important”


As House Republicans move forward in the weeks ahead with legislation to clear roadblocks to affordable energy, Speaker Boehner talked with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer this morning about what the pipeline means to revitalizing American manufacturing and jobs creation:  


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Speaker Boehner to President Obama: There’s no Mandate to Raise Tax Rates

With the election decided, Speaker Boehner urged President Obama this week to come together with the renewed Republican House majority to avert the looming “fiscal cliff” and bring jobs home.  To do that, Boehner made clear the President must scrap the small business tax hikes he’s demanded, saying “A balanced approach isn’t balanced if it means higher taxes on small businesses that are the key to getting our economy moving again.”  Below is additional coverage of Boehner’s address:

The Wall Street Journal reports “Mr. Boehner was clear that Republicans wouldn’t support raising tax rates.” “In fact, he said he wanted tax rates to be lower.” (Wall Street Journal, 11/7/12)

Newsmax  says Boehner “[drew] a line in the sand” on hiking taxes on the American people. “Instead, Boehner is willing to tame the soaring national debt and avert a bruising battle over the approaching ‘fiscal cliff’ by closing tax loopholes to raise government revenue and by cutting government spending and reforming entitlement programs. That is the way to help grow the economy and make the tax code fairer, Boehner said.” (Newsmax, 11/7/12)

On Fox News, conservative analyst Charles Krauthammer says Boehner is saying “what the debt commission Obama himself appointed had said.”  “Obama has a sort of religious attachment to the idea of raising rates. It’s agreed if you raise the rates you decrease economic activity and prosperity.” (Fox News, 11/7/12)

Hot Air blog says yesterday’s move was “Boehner’s way of preempting Obama and signaling to the public that he’s not opposed to all deals involving more tax revenue, just ones that involve rate hikes.”

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Speaker Boehner Talks About His Role as Chairman of #GOP2012

As you watch the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week, you’ll notice Speaker Boehner presiding on stage at several key points. That’s because Boehner will be serving as Permanent Chairman of the convention -- a role he is familiar with, having served as chair of the 2008 convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul. We caught up with him to find out more:


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13 States, 23 Days: Speaker Boehner Takes Jobs Message Coast to Coast for the GOP

Today marks day 12 of Speaker Boehner’s barnstorming tour for House Republican members and candidates, and we’re in Salt Lake City for Mia Love.  We’ll have more about our stop for Mia here on the Team Boehner blog later this afternoon, but with more than half of the August tour in the books, we thought you might enjoy a recap from the road.  Here’s the scoop:

Boehner and the GOP are “playing offense” this August, aiming to “make gains by snatching Democratic seats.” 

>> “The GOP is playing offense, according to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner” and “The big issue for the election is no secret: Jobs, jobs, jobs.”  (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 8/4/12)

>> Politico reports Boehner has embarked on an aggressive “47-event swing through the country..” this month, covering “13 states before the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida” for House members and challengers including Maggie Brooks (NY), Mia Love (UT), Jason Plummer (ILL) and Tony Strickland (CA).  (Politico, 8/13/12)

>> “Nationally, Boehner said the GOP is poised to pick up House seats.” (Rockford Register Star, 8/10/12)

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Happy 100th Birthday to Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman would have turned 100 today. Friedman – a giant of the 20th century who revitalized conservative economic thought – was an avid proponent of reducing government spending to spur economic growth and job creation. Milton Friedman -- unlike President Obama – knew that “the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.”


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CNBC Analyst: ObamaCare is Bad for Jobs & Small Businesses

Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision, CNBC’s Jim Cramer this afternoon reiterated what many small businesses across the country have been saying for months – ObamaCare is hurting their ability to grow and hire. 

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National Journal: “John Boehner's Word of the Day: 'Resolve'"

This afternoon Speaker Boehner and House GOP leaders reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision on ObamaCare and vowed to hold another vote to repeal the law – which is driving up costs and making it difficult for small businesses to hire.  National Journal has the story:

“‘I think the real outcome of today's decision is to strengthen our resolve to make sure this law is in fact repealed,’ said Speaker of the House John Boehner. When pressed by a reporter if holding another repeal vote on July 11th was proof that Republicans were sore losers, Boehner repeated his word of the day: ‘Resolve.’

“‘There's a lot of resolve amongst our colleagues,’ he said.”

If you share Speaker Boehner’s resolve to see ObamaCare repealed, join Team Boehner and stand with us in the campaign for full repeal and common-sense, step-by-step reforms to protect jobs and lower costs. 

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Crunching the Numbers: ObamaCare is bad for jobs

“ObamaCare was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” a Reno small business operator recently told the Las Vegas Sun while describing how he’s been forced to sell one of his three Jimmy John’s franchises, “cut employment” and scrap plans to expand.  With the Supreme Court expected to announce its ruling on ObamaCare next week, similar stories about how the law is making it harder for employers to hire and grow continue to come in from across the country.
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at how ObamaCare is bad for jobs:

74: Percent of small businesses that say ObamaCare regulations and mandates “makes it harder for their businesses to hire more employees.” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1/18/12)

800,000:  Number of jobs that the Congressional Budget Office predicts will be lost under ObamaCare (Weekly Standard, 2/10/12)

$2,000:  Fine per employee that small businesses must pay under ObamaCare if they fail to provide “government approved” coverage (Forbes, 4/23/12)

1 in 8:  Small businesses that have already seen their health coverage terminated due to ObamaCare (Kaiser Health News, 7/25/11)

47,000:  Jobs that will be lost as a result of ObamaCare’s medical device tax (American Action Forum, 6/4/12)

$478 Billion: Added health care costs attributed to ObamaCare through 2021 (Health Affairs, 7/2012)

4.1:  Percent private health care premiums are expected to rise in 2014 when ObamaCare is fully implemented (Health Affairs, 7/2012)

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