Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013
Columns

It comes as no surprise that the Obama Administration decided to quietly let the American people know that another wheel has fallen off the train wreck known as Obamacare during the July 4th holiday.  By delaying for one year the provision requiring companies with over 50 employees to provide healthcare, the President has admitted his healthcare bill is unaffordable and crippling to small businesses. This delay, coupled with dismal jobs numbers released just days later, highlights the fact that a full and permanent repeal of Obamacare is necessary for our country to get on the road to economic recovery. 

In Obama’s America, it has become the new normal to accept 54 straight months of unemployment at 7.5 percent or higher. This is the longest stretch of unemployment at or above that rate since 1948.  Even worse, we have hit a record high of 28 million Americans working in part-time positions. This influx in part-time work is due in part to Obamacare requiring all employers with more than 50 full-time employees, to provide health insurance coverage beginning in 2014 or face a penalty.  This has forced many employers to make difficult decisions.

A recent Gallup Poll of small businesses found 41 percent have frozen any new hires and 19 percent have reduced their workforce due to Obamacare.  Another 18 percent have moved employees from full-time to part-time positions to avoid the employer mandate provision. The fact that businesses are cutting hours from skilled employees to comply with this stifling mandate is reason enough to rid businesses and families of this detrimental law.

Up to 800,000 jobs and countless employee working hours are at risk if we continue to allow the implementation of Obamacare.  Playing politics with the American people by temporarily delaying provisions to avoid election backlash does nothing to fix the underlying problem.  Our businesses need long-term certainty, and one year from now we will be in the exact same position we are today.  We need a full repeal of this economically devastating law.

America’s small businesses bolster our economy as vital job creators.  It is important to recognize the contributions they make every day to our local communities and economies.  Unfortunately, our job creators and American families will be bearing the burden of new health insurance mandates and over 20 new or higher taxes starting in 2014.  While this might be the new normal in Obama’s America, as your Congressman I won’t idly stand by and accept it.

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