U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today made the following statement on President Obama’s relaunch of the marketing campaign for ObamaCare:
Back in January, the White House chief of staff famously said the president’s top agenda items would be ‘jobs, jobs, jobs,’ and the White House press secretary added that ‘we’ll have him continue to focus on jobs and the economy.’ Today, with unemployment at 9.7 percent, it looks like the president and his staff have been reading different scripts. Instead of creating jobs, President Obama’s policies seem to be killing them.
The evidence has been piling up for months, but now comes a survey showing that 26 percent of companies surveyed in May said they might cut hours for employees who currently work 30 or more so they can afford to stay in business after the ObamaCare forces them to pay for coverage. Another big firm – Medtronic – is thinking about laying off 1,000 workers in order to pay the president’s new medical device tax. And both these anti-employment developments come after the news, inadvertently unearthed by Democrats in Congress, that big employers are exploring the economics of dropping health coverage for their employees and dumping them into ObamaCare.