Weekly Address Highlights: ObamaCare Is Making Our Economy Worse & Must Be Fully Repealed

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Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) “underscores the House’s focus on job creation” and “says President Obama’s health care law may be the worst of what is ‘standing in the way of a stronger economy,” according to ABC News Radio.  USA TODAY notes that the lawmaker “said the health care law is putting a major drag on the economy, ‘driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses’ to hire new employees.” “The bottom line,” Rep. Paulsen says in the address, is that ObamaCare is “making things worse in our economy and must be fully repealed.”  Below, check out more coverage of the Weekly Republican Address, which you can now read, listen to, watch, and download.

“REPUBLICANS CALLED FOR PASSAGE OF THEIR JOBS PLAN AND REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW”: “…Republicans called for passage of their jobs plan and repeal of the health care law. … Paulsen advanced Republican-backed measures they have branded the Plan for America’s Job Creators, some of which have passed the House but not fared so well in the Senate. … He criticized the 2010 health reform law, the anticipated effects of which he said have caused some small businesses ‘to lay off workers and they may even have to shut their doors completely.’” (CNN, 6/9/12)

“SAID THE HEALTH CARE LAW IS PUTTING A MAJOR DRAG ON THE ECONOMY”: “The Republicans warmed up for a major Supreme Court decision today by vowing to repeal President Obama’s health care law… In the GOP weekly radio address, Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., said the health care law is putting a major drag on the economy, ‘driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses’ to hire new employees.  ‘It’s making things worse in our economy, and it needs to be fully repealed,’ Paulsen said.” (USA TODAY, “GOP vows to repeal ‘Obamacare,’” 6/9/12)

OBAMACARE’S “INCREASED TAXES AND COSTS … HAVE SAPPED HIRING”: “Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) argued in the GOP’s weekly address that the increased taxes and costs associated with Obama’s signature health care law have sapped hiring in the private sector.  The law—designed to provide near-universal health insurance coverage—raised taxes on medical device manufacturers, a levy House Republicans voted this week to overturn.”  (POLITICO, 6/9/12)

“DRIVING UP COSTS AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE WORKERS”: “The Republican Party, in its radio address, also focused on the economy.  Rep. Erik Paulsen (R., Minn.) said Mr. Obama’s policies are ‘standing in the way of a stronger economy.’  He said Mr. Obama’s health-care law ‘may well be the worst offender, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.’  He said the GOP will continue to take steps to remove barriers to job creation, and as an example he pointed to moves this week to repeal a tax increase on medical-device manufacturers.” (The Wall Street Journal, 6/9/12)

“WENT ON TO LAY OUT THE CASE THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE BETTER SOLUTIONS”: “Democrats’ healthcare reform law – the signature domestic achievement of President Obama’s first term in office – is Exhibit 1 that his policies are sinking the economy, Republicans charged in their weekly address. … The remarks come as Republicans seek to capitalize on this month’s looming Supreme Court ruling by shifting the focus back on the unpopular health law.  Paulsen went on to lay out the case that Republicans have better solutions, both for reforming the healthcare system and fixing the economy.” (The Hill, “GOP says healthcare law ‘worst offender’ among bad policies,” 6/9/12)

“CALLED FOR THE REPEAL OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S HEALTHCARE LAW”: “Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Saturday called for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.  ‘The bottom line is this: The president’s healthcare law is driving up healthcare costs and hurting small businesses, and for the sake of our economy, it must fully be repealed,’ Paulsen said in the weekly Republican address. … Paulsen cited a $29 billion tax on medical-device manufacturers — which hasn’t taken effect — saying it has already prompted employees to cancel plans to expand and some have moved overseas or cut research and development.  ‘It’s clear that getting our economy going again should be job No. 1 for everyone in Washington,’ Paulsen said. ‘Too many Americans are still having a hard time finding jobs, small businesses are struggling to create them and there’s little mystery as to why.  The president’s policies are standing in the way of a stronger economy.’” (UPI, “Paulsen calls for repeal of healthcare law,” 6/9/12)

“UNDERSCORES THE HOUSE’S FOCUS ON JOB CREATION”: “In this week’s Republican address, Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen underscores the House’s focus on job creation, and says President Obama’s policies are only making things worse.  With the U.S. unemployment rate at 8.2 percent, and small businesses finding it more difficult to create jobs, Rep. Paulsen says President Obama’s health care law may be the worst of what is ‘standing in the way of a stronger economy.’  ‘His health care law well may be the worst offender, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers,’ Paulsen says in the address. ‘It’s making things worse in our economy, and it needs to be fully repealed.’ … Declaring that ‘we can’t go on like this,’ with health insurance premiums going up nine percent last year, Paulsen echoes his earlier claim.” (ABC News Radio, 6/9/12)

“POINTED TO THE VOTE THIS WEEK TO REPEAL A TAX ON MEDICAL DEVICES”: “Representative Erik Paulsen of Minnesota railed against the administration’s policies for failing to jump-start the flagging economy in his party’s weekly address, emphasizing the House’s strides to counter the initiatives Republicans say hurt business.  In particular, he pointed to the vote this week torepeal a tax on medical devices, another legislative move chipping away at the president’s health care reform law.  ‘The health care law’s one-size-fits-all approach is unsustainable and unaffordable, and soon, theSupreme Court may rule it unconstitutional,’ Mr. Paulsen said. ‘Republicans are ready to act on patient-centered reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need.’” (The New York Times, 6/9/12)

“WILL PUSH PLANS TO … STOP TAX INCREASES ON SMALL BUSINESSES”: “Republicans say Obama’s policies stand in the way of a stronger economy. Minnesota congressman Erik Paulsen says House Republicans will push plans to boost domestic energy production and stop tax increases on small businesses.” (Associated Press, 6/9/12)

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