Political Correction

The "Job-Killing" Lie The GOP Loves To Tell

March 21, 2011 9:47 am ET - by Meredith Kormes

Throughout the health care debate, Republicans have repeated the same negative talking points over and over again like a broken record. One of their favorite lies has to do with the health care law's impact on businesses, specifically that it "kills jobs."

At the beginning of this year, the House Republicans introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, calling it the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." This idea that the health care law kills or destroys jobs has been repeatedly debunked. Yet, Republicans have jumped at every opportunity to promote this falsehood. In February after a House Budget Committee hearing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) circulated the claim that the CBO confirmed the health care law "will destroy jobs," a premise based on the willful misrepresentation of the agency's findings.

These desperate attempts to convince people that the Affordable Care Act will cause job losses are a ruse. Rather than focus on job creation, like most Americans want, House Republicans have instead decided to pursue an agenda of turning back the clock on health care reform.

Since this week marks the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, it's good to shed light on the many new benefits for small businesses and job creators the law contains. In particular, the law provides tax credits to make it more affordable for small businesses to provide health coverage to their employees while still allowing them the flexibility they need to compete in the economy. It also gives small businesses the choice and freedom to come together to leverage their purchasing power.

Additionally, provisions in the law prevent health insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, which helps prevent job lock and encourages entrepreneurship. These benefits give small businesses the level playing field they need to compete and create jobs.

For more information on the benefits for small businesses in the Affordable Care Act, click HERE.

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