Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013
Columns

As individuals and families try to add up the cost this week on where the numbers fall regarding Obamacare they are finding that healthcare will only become more expensive. Enrollment begins on October 1st for the healthcare law that is still not ready for primetime. The American people deserve two things from their legislators: protection from the harmful impact of poor legislation and a government that stays open.

With the looming shut down and debt ceiling talks, the House has voted to defund Obamacare and keep the government open. We have all been hearing about the different parts of this unworkable law failing to pass the smell test so close to its start date. The administration continues to release more data on healthcare premiums next year and the numbers just don’t seem to add up. Instead of being upfront with the American people about rising healthcare costs for them and their families, the administration continues to hide the details.

The President took to the stage again on Thursday to sell his healthcare law to the American people. He listed off points that have repeatedly been proved wrong. The administration believes that women will not be charged more for their healthcare just because they are women, when in fact, premiums for women will increase by 62 percent when the law goes into full effect[1].

The administration also claims that you will be able to keep your healthcare. This has been one of the administration’s main points throughout the selling process of this piece of legislation after it was passed. But when businesses decide to cut your hours so that they avoid the increase cost of providing healthcare for you both the employee and business loose. American workers are seeing their hours cut to part-time so that employers are able to comply with the regulations placed upon them. Even James Hoffa Jr., the President of the Teamsters Union, wrote to both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi denouncing the President’s healthcare law because it will, “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” The President’s past supporters are not in favor of his signature law and neither are the majority of the American people.

Many businesses are also beginning to drop coverage for worker’s spouses on employee healthcare because it will cost their businesses too much to comply. UPS announced to its workers that they would no longer give benefits to employed spouses of 15,000 workers. Grocery stores, hardware stores, colleges and restaurants have all been feeling the squeeze of the new Obamacare regulations. This law is now turning fulltime employees into part-time and revoking benefits that were once allocated to them.

The uncertainty coming out of Washington seems to have no end in sight. Businesses are unable to maintain full time employees and give them the benefits they have worked for.  Long term unemployment is at an all time high and it seems that our national debt will continue to soar. I am working in Washington to protect you and your families from crippling legislation and bring jobs back to Ohio.



[1] Roy, A. (2013, September 25). Double down: obamacare will increase avg. individual-market insurance premiums by 99% for men, 62% for women. Forbes, Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/09/25/double-down-obamacare-will-increase-avg-individual-market-insurance-premiums-by-99-for-men-62-for-women/?partner=yahootix