Weekly Address Highlights: ObamaCare Is Hurting Jobs & Must Be Fully Repealed

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In the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) emphasizes, according to UPI, that “Republicans are focused on creating jobs which … ObamaCare hinders” by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  Unless the  U.S. Supreme Court throws out the entire law, Dr. Cassidy goes on to say, “we should repeal what is left and implement common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at the lowest cost.”  The Hill notes that “Republicans have repeatedly used members of the House and Senate who, like Cassidy, are practicing physicians to make the case against” the president’s health care law. 

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“CASSIDY SAID REPUBLICANS ARE FOCUSED ON CREATING JOBS, WHICH, HE SAID, OBAMACARE HINDERS”: “The Republican party used its weekly media address to attack President Barack Obama’s healthcare law and continue to call for its repeal.  ‘Not only is President Obama’s healthcare law not working — it makes things worse by driving up healthcare costs, making it harder for small businesses to hire workers,’ said Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.  … Cassidy said Republicans are focused on creating jobs, which, he said, ObamaCare hinders.  ‘Republicans continue, as promised, to focus on helping small businesses create jobs. The most recent jobs report pegged unemployment at 8.2 percent — much higher than what White House officials said it would be by now with the ‘stimulus’ in effect,’ Cassidy said. ‘ObamaCare, with its fees, tax hikes, and costly mandates, makes this worse.’” (UPI, “GOP promises to repeal ObamaCare,” 6/23/12)

“ARGUED THAT” OBAMACARE “HAD AN EFFECT OF ‘DRIVING UP HEALTH CARE COSTS, MAKING IT HARDER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE WORKERS’”: “Cassidy … argued that the health reform law signed by Obama in 2010 had an effect of ‘driving up health care costs, making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.’   ‘The law, as an example, is going to cost nearly twice as much as we were told, people are already paying more for their health care than they were before, and because of health insurance expenses, employers are canceling plans to expand their businesses, which is to say they will not be hiring new workers,’ he said.” (CNN, 6/23/12)  

“VOWING TO FIGHT FOR ITS REPEAL … CLAIMED THE LAW IS HURTING JOB GROWTH”: “Even if the Supreme Court upholds the federal health care overhaul, Republicans are vowing to fight for its repeal. … Cassidy claimed the law is hurting job growth, ‘making it harder for small businesses to hire workers’ by driving up health care costs. ‘The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare entirely,’ he said. … Earlier in the week, House Speaker John Boehner circulated a memo telling members ‘there will be no spiking of the ball’ if the law is struck down.  Boehner called for pursuing step-by-step reforms.” (Fox News, “Republicans to keep focus on ObamaCare repeal if law upheld by court,” 6/23/12)

“REPEAL WHAT IS LEFT AND IMPLEMENT COMMON-SENSE REFORMS THAT … LOWER COSTS”: “In the Republican address, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy says if the Supreme Court doesn’t repeal the entire health care law, Congress should repeal what is left and implement common-sense reformsthat protect access to health care and lower costs.” (Associated Press, 6/23/12)

“WILL BE CAUTIOUS IN DEVELOPING A REPLACEMENT,” WON’T REPEAT DEMS’ MISTAKES: “Republicans used their response to highlight the issue likely to dominate next week: Obama’s health care law.  With the Supreme Court expected to release its ruling before the end of the week, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said that the GOP is prepared to repeal any piece of the law that stays in place. But Republicans will be cautious in developing a replacement.  ‘Unless the court throws out the entire law, we should repeal what is left and implement common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at the lowest cost,’ said Cassidy, who has an M.D. ‘It’s important to know that Republicans will not repeat Democrats’ mistake.  We will not rush through a massive bill theAmerican people don’t support or won’t even have time to read to figure out whether they do support it.  And we won’t take our focus off jobs and the economy.’” (POLITICO, 6/23/12)

“SAID THE PARTY WOULD … STAY FOCUSED ON JOBS AND THE ECONOMY”: “Republicans are using their weekly radio address to reiterate their promise to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law.  The address is timed for this week’s decision by the Supreme Court, which is set to announce its ruling on the controversial law as early as Monday. … ‘Not only is President Obama’s health care law not working – it makes things worse by driving up health care costs, making it harder for small businesses to hire workers,’ Cassidy said. ‘The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare entirely.’ … Cassidy handled this issue by stressing that Republicans ‘would not repeat Democrats’ mistakes.’  He said the party would not rush through a law to replace the existing healthcare law, and that the party would instead stay focused on jobs and the economy.  Republicans have repeatedly used members of the House and Senate who, like Cassidy, arepracticing physicians to make the case against the law.” (The Hill, “GOP promises to rid nation of healthcare law,” 6/23/12)

“DESCRIBES THE REPUBLICANS’ GOALS ON FULLY REPEALING” OBAMACARE: “In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) describes the Republicans’ goals on fully repealing the president’s health care law, ObamaCare. … Cassidy says, ‘Unless the court throws out the entire law, we should repeal what is left and implement common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at the lowest cost.’  In this tough economy, the top health care concern of families and small businesses is out-of-control costs. Health care coverage has become too expensive for too many people,’ he adds. “ (ABC News Radio, “Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. on Jobs Repealing ObamaCare,” 6/23/12)

“WORK TO REPEAL OBAMACARE IF THE SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS IT”: “A House Republican said Saturday his party would work to repeal President Obama’s health care law if the Supreme Court upholds itnext week.  ‘Not only is President Obama’s health care law not working, it makes things worse by driving up health care costs, making it harder for small businesses to hire workers,’ said Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., during the Republican weekly radio address.  ‘It’s now clear, if it wasn’t already, that containing costs step-by-step — not expanding government in one fell swoop — is the right approach to health care reform,’ Cassidy said.” (USA TODAY, “GOP: We’ll repeal ‘Obamacare’ if high court doesn’t,” 6/23/12)

“GOP CALLS ON ONE OF ITS DOCTORS FOR FINAL PRE-SCOTUS BLAST”: “Republican leaders tapped Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, to bash President Barack Obama’s health care law on the last GOP weekend address before the Supreme Court decides its fate.  ‘Obamacare has turned out to be the wrong medicine for out-of-control health care costs,’ the Louisiana Republican said Saturday.  ‘The law, as an example, is going to cost nearly twice as much as we were told, people are already paying more for their health care than they were before, and because of health insurance expenses, employers are canceling plans to expand their businesses, which is to say they will not be hiring new workers.’” (POLITICO Pro, “GOP Calls On One of Its Doctors For Final Pre-SCOTUS Blast,” 6/23/12)

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