On Health Care, Start Over!

By February 2, 2011General, Health Care

The National Association of Manufacturers on Tuesday sent a “Key Vote” letter to U.S. Senators urging support for the amendment by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the FAA reauthorization bill that would repeal the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The NAM argues:

The vast majority of American manufacturers, including 97 percent of NAM member companies, voluntarily offer health benefits not only to attract a skilled workforce, but because they believe it is the right thing to do for their employees. Our members support proposals that reduce soaring health costs, improve the efficiency of the current system and enhance the quality of care.

Conversely, manufacturers oppose proposals that make it more expensive or more difficult for employers to offer health benefits. Legislation enacted in 2010 – specifically the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act – will drive up manufacturers’ health care costs and force many companies to consider abandoning the generous benefits they currently offer.

We remain adamantly opposed to the new laws’ employer mandates, industry-specific fees, Medicare hospital insurance tax increases, reporting requirements, excise taxes and limits on Flexible Spending Accounts – all of which will place more burdens on America’s job creators. Our nation can and must do much better at finding a health care solution, and the 2010 legislation should be repealed.

Key Votes are identified by a committee of representative manufacturers from small and large companies, and are used by the NAM to determine a member of Congress’ voting record on issues critical to the manufacturing economy.

Sen. McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, announced his amendment on the floor Tuesday, noting that a federal judge in Florida had just ruled the entire law unconstitutional.

The NAM also issued a statement from Aric Newhouse, senior vice president for policy and governmental relations, “Manufacturers: Health Care Laws Will Cost Jobs and Stifle Growth.”

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