U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Continues To Lie About Health Care Reform In Attack On Kosmas

October 07, 2010 6:23 pm ET

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has produced a new ad attacking Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) for supporting health care reform. The ad displays the text, "government run health care" — a blatant mischaracterization of the Affordable Care Act — and bemoans the bill's "trillion dollar price tag." In reality, there was no government takeover of health care, and the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit and strengthen the economy.

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce: "Economic Wrecking Crew"

Nancy Pelosi didn't damage our economy all alone. She had some help from a friend. Suzanne Kosmas votes with Pelosi 93 percent of the time. 93 percent. Kosmas, such a good pal. Even changed her vote to help Pelosi pass Obamacare, saddling us with a trillion dollar price tag. Kosmas and Pelosi — an economic wrecking crew. Tell Kosmas to stop — her friendship with Pelosi is crushing Florida taxpayers.

There Was No Government Takeover Of Health Care

PolitiFact: Republicans Are "Wrong That Obama's Plan Offers Government-Run Health Care." Analyzing Sen. Tom Coburn's claim that President Obama's health care reform plan amounted to a government takeover of health care, PolitiFact.com wrote:

[H]e's wrong that Obama's plan offers government-run health care.

In fact, Obama's plan leaves in place the private health care system, but seeks to expand it to the uninsured. It increases eligibility for the poor and children to enroll in initiatives like Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and creates pools for individuals to buy their own cheaper insurance. It also outlines strategies to rein in costs for everyone, such as electronic medical records and preventive care.


That may be Sen. Coburn's opinion on what could happen, but it's definitely not part of Obama's plan. And Coburn was very specific in saying that "under the Obama plan, all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government." That gives the incorrect impression that Obama is promoting a government-run health care system. He's not. We rate Coburn's statement False.

[PolitiFact.com, 3/4/10, emphasis added]

The Affordable Care Act Will Reduce The Deficit

CBO: Health Care Reform Package Would Reduce The Deficit By $138 Billion By 2019. According to the Congressional Budget Office: "The reconciliation proposal includes provisions related to health care and revenues, many of which would amend H.R. 3590. It also includes amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965, which authorizes most federal programs involving postsecondary education. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting both pieces of legislation-H.R. 3590 and the reconciliation proposal- would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $138 billion over the 2010-2019 period as result of changes in direct spending and revenue." [CBO, 3/18/10]

CBO To GOP: Repealing Cost-Saving Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act Would Increase Deficit By $455 Billion. In a letter to Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), the Congressional Budget Office wrote: "Finally, you asked what the net deficit impact would be if certain provisions of PPACA and the Reconciliation Act that were estimated to generate net savings were eliminated-specifically, those which were originally estimated to generate a net reduction in mandatory outlays of $455 billion over the 2010-2019 period. The estimate of $455 billion mentioned in your letter represents the net effects of many provisions. Some of those provisions generated savings for Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program, and some generated costs. If those provisions were repealed, CBO estimates that there would be an increase in deficits similar to its original estimate of $455 billion in net savings over that period." [CBO, 8/24/10]

The Affordable Care Act Will Create Millions Of Jobs

Health Care Reform Will Create Up To 4 Million American Jobs In The Next Decade.  According to the Center for American Progress, "Relative to baseline employment forecasts from the Employment Projections Program at the U.S. Department of Labor, we estimate that moderate medical savings from health care modernization as envisioned under the legislation now before Congress would lead to an average of 250,000 additional jobs created annually. Under the larger assumption about savings due to health care reform, 400,000 new jobs a year would be created on average." [Center for American Progress, New Jobs Through Better Health CareJanuary 2010]

  • Health Care Reform Would Create Over 17,000 Jobs In Florida. According to the Center for American Progress, "the reduction in health insurance premiums caused by health care reform would create" up to 17,417 jobs in Florida. [Center for American Progress, 2/24/10]