New Chamber Of Commerce Ad Misleads On The Economy And Small Businesses

November 04, 2009 2:46 pm ET

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Employers for a Healthy Economy coalition has released a new anti-health care reform ad that misleads viewers into thinking Democratic proposals will endanger their jobs.  As SEIU points out below, in reality, the legislation would benefit small businesses, the national economy, and individual Americans across the country.

Chamber's Employers For A Healthy Economy Coalition Ad "Millions"

New Ad Has Racist Undertones.  According to the Huffington Post: "An official with the AFL-CIO, who saw the ad air on Wednesday morning, argued that it was a perpetuation of the stereotype that minorities have a leg up on their colleagues because of affirmative-action policies."  [Huffington Post, 11/4/09]

Contrary To Ad, Reform Legislation Will Lower Deficit And Ease Costs For All Americans

Employers For A Healthy Economy Ad: "Millions of lost jobs.  The highest unemployment in twenty-five years.  And Congress' latest health care bill makes a tough economy worse." [Employers for a Healthy Economy Ad, 11/3/09]

House Bill Will Lower Deficit.  Via the Wall Street Journal, according to the Congressional Budget Office, "new taxes and spending cuts in the bill would lower the federal deficit by $104 billion as of 2019." [Wall Street Journal, 10/30/09]

House Bill Will Cover 96% Of Americans, Easing Costs Of Uncompensated Care.  The House health reform bill is estimated to extend "insurance to 36 million people currently lacking health coverage and a total of 96% of legal U.S. residents." Regarding the increase in coverage, the House Education and Labor Committee stated it will ease the burden of covering uncompensated care: "Annually, federal and state governments pay 75% of the $56 billion in uncompensated care provided to the uninsured." [Wall Street Journal, 11/2/09; House Education and Labor Committee, accessed 11/3/09]

Current Legislation Taxes Less Than One Half Of One Percent Of Americans

Employers For A Healthy Economy Ad: "Over five hundred billion in crushing tax increases but nothing to control rising health care costs." [Employers for a Healthy Economy Ad, 11/3/09]

House Bill Taxes Only Wealthiest .3% Of Americans.  According to the Washington Post, the House health insurance reform package would raise "$460 billion over the next decade - through a 5.4 percent surtax on the richest .3 percent of tax filers." [Washington Post, 10/30/09]

CBO: House Bill Will Result In Lower Costs For American Families.  The Congressional Budget Office estimated that in 2016, premiums will be $5,300 for an individual and $15,000 for a family of four in the Exchange.  Without reform, the average family premium is expected to grow to $24,000. [Congressional Budget Office, 11/2/09; House Education and Labor Committee, 11/2/09]

Mandates Will Not Affect Small Businesses

Employers for a Healthy Economy Ad: "Expensive new mandates on business that could wipe out even more jobs." [Employers for a Healthy Economy Ad, 11/3/09]

Bill Exempts Many Businesses From Shared Responsibility Requirement. The House health reform bill exempts "firms with a payroll of less than $500,000" from fines for not offering health insurance to their employees.  In fact, "86% of America's businesses are exempt from the shared responsibility requirement." [Wall Street Journal, 10/30/09; House Education and Labor Committee, accessed 11/3/09]

Most Americans Strongly Support Individual Mandate. According to recent public opinion polling, "two in three Americans continue to report that they favor an individual mandate, including four in ten who favor this proposal strongly." [Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, October 2009]

American Families Are Already Paying Hidden Tax To Subsidize Costs Of Uninsured.  American families are paying a hidden health care tax of $1,017 per year to help pay for the costs of the uninsured. [Families USA, May 2009]

*Update - The Chamber has published a print ad with the same message as the TV ad: