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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“‘I think the real outcome of today's decision is to strengthen our resolve to make sure this law is in fact repealed,’ said Speaker of the House John Boehner.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If you share Speaker Boehner’s resolve to see ObamaCare repealed, join Team Boehner and stand with us in the campaign for full repeal and common-sense, step-by-step reforms to protect jobs and lower costs.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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President Obama Surprised ObamaCare is Hurting Small Business Job Creators

Yesterday President Obama interviewed with an Iowa TV station at the White House and seemed confused to learn that ObamaCare is hurting an area job creator’s ability to grow and hire:

KTIV: “One of those businesses that I mentioned said very specifically when they said they needed to close up shop and move their jobs back to Wisconsin was that it was a direct result of the health care reform that you initiated, that Congress passed. How do you react to that?”

President Obama: “Yeah, that would be kind of hard to explain, because the only folks that have been impacted in terms of the health care bill are insurance companies who are required to make sure that they’re providing preventive care, or they’re not dropping your coverage when you get sick. And so, this particular company probably wouldn’t have been impacted by that. I know that there’s a perception sometimes that there’s all kinds of regulations coming out of Washington, the truth is actually we’ve seen fewer regulations coming out of my administration than the previous administration. But obviously, you know it’s tough running a small business no matter what. And we’re going to make sure that we continue to provide whatever financing help that we can provide.”

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McMorris Rodgers: House GOP Women are Working for a Better Tomorrow

Democrats have gone to great lengths in recent weeks to try and distract the American people from the president’s economic policies that are hurting hard-working families – and women in particular.  Factcheck.org  says “according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that between January 2009, when Obama took office, and March 2012, there has been a net decline of 740,000 jobs for both men and women, and that among women there has been a net loss of 683,000 jobs.”  The Daily Beast reported last fall the number of women living in poverty had reached a 17-year high.

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Speaker Boehner on ABC’S This Week: Washington Must Lift The Cloud of Uncertainty Over Economy

Appearing today on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Speaker Boehner called on President Obama to begin to work now with Republicans to address our spending-driven debt and the tax hikes that will hit families and small businesses on January 1 if Washington fails to act.  Boehner also discussed the GOP’s Plan for America’s Job Creators, and the more than 30 jobs bills that remain stuck in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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Speaker Boehner Talks Jobs, Gas Prices, Nov. Election with CNN

Speaker Boehner appeared on CNN's State of the Nation Sunday to discuss the House's focus on jobs and the economy. And be sure to check out our Team Boehner Facebook page for video of CNN's "Getting to Know You" segment where Speaker Boehner talks about the toughest job he's ever had.

 

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Boehner Tours Texas Drilling Rig: “This is America at Work”

Congress is observing a District Work period this week, and that means House Republicans are taking their campaign to hold President Obama accountable for his policies that are driving up gas prices to cities and towns across America.  Today, Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) toured an oil rig near Midland, TX, to learn more about the drilling process and discuss the House-passed energy bills included in Republicans’ ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan that remain stuck in the Democratic-run Senate. 

Photos from the Speaker’s visit are available on Team Boehner’s Flickr page.  Key excerpts from Boehner's remarks to with west Texas media are included below:

>> BOEHNER ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S POLICIES THAT ARE DRIVING UP GAS PRICES:

“While the President says he’s for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, none of his actions have followed his words.  Whether it’s his opposition to the Keystone Pipeline – his personally lobbying Democrat Senators to oppose the pipeline – or when you look at all the activity on federal lands, you can see that we’re producing less oil on federal lands than when the president took office.  It’s time for the president in his actions to match his rhetoric.  This is what America wants… Why does the President continue to stand in the way?”

>> BOEHNER ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL FOR HIGHER ENERGY TAXES:

“The Congressional Research Service – the non-partisan arm of the Library of Congress – has looked into the president’s proposal.  And they have determined that doing what the President wants – raising taxes on oil companies – would actually increase oil and gas prices in the United States.  That’s not what the American people want.  I’ve met with enough independent oil and gas prices here and around the country to understand oil depletion allowances, intangible drilling costs, things that are necessary if we are going to encourage people to produce more of our energy.”

>> BOEHNER ON THE NEED FOR A REAL “ALL-OF-THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY”:

“Listen, I’m for solar, I’m for wind.  I’m also for the development of our nuclear energy, which the President says he’s for, but I don’t see him doing anything to help.  The president says he’s for more oil and gas development, yet he stops Keystone, [and] he won’t let us drill in the most productive part of Alaska.  And when it comes to opening federal lands, they continue to shut more federal lands down -- whether it’s the outer continental shelf or the inner mountain west where we’ve got significant deposits of American-made oil and gas.”

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House GOP Passes a Budget That Cuts Spending, Repeals ObamaCare, Protects Seniors, Expands American Energy

This afternoon, House Republicans advanced a budget that cuts government spending, repeals the Democrats’ unconstitutional health care law, protects seniors, and expands American energy.  It’s a pro-jobs budget that restores fiscal sanity to Democrat-run Washington and will help jump-start our economy by providing tax and regulatory certainty to job creators.

 
The GOP’s Path to Prosperity budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will: 
 
  • Reform our broken tax code to spur job creation and economic opportunity by lowering everyone’s rates, and closing loopholes.  
  • Put hardworking taxpayers ahead of special interests.
  • Cut government spending by $5 trillion to protect hardworking taxpayers, instead of spending $1.5 trillion more like President Obama’s plan.
  • Tackle the drivers of our debt, so our troops don’t pay the price for Washington’s failure to take action.
  • Reverse the President’s policies that drive up gas prices, and will instead promote an all-of the-above strategy for unlocking American energy production to help lower costs, create jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
  • Strengthen health and retirement security for seniors by taking power away from government bureaucrats. 
 
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WKBN Youngstown: Boehner Stumps for Rep. Bill Johnson in Valley

Boehner Stumps for Rep. Bill Johnson in Valley
WKBN-Youngstown
March 22, 2012

Speaker of the House John Boehner was in Canfield Thursday evening at a private reception to campaign for U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Marietta.

Earlier in the day, he talked about politics and the 2012 election in front of a crowd of several dozen people gathered at Mahoning County Republican Party headquarters in Boardman.

Boehner spoke for about 5 minutes or so, thanking Johnson for his support in the House, fighting against many of President Obama's policies. Then he turned his attention directly to the president, saying the economy, energy and health care are three areas where the Obama administration has failed.

"It's going to be a referendum on the president's policies regarding the economy, regarding gasoline prices and energy, and Obama Care," Boehner said.

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