(WASHINGTON) — 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 “It’s making things worse in our economy, and it needs to be fully repealed.”
But Republicans in Congress, Paulsen contends, are working at “removing government barriers to job creation.”
“One of those initiatives, passed just this week, repeals a massive job killing tax increase on medical device manufacturers that is in the president’s health care law,” he says.
Paulsen claims this particular tax is just another “vivid demonstration of why we need to fully repeal this health care law.”
The congressman says this “$29 billion tax has not even taken effect yet, but already employers are canceling plans to expand,” and are in favor of moving jobs abroad. But with so many jobs at stake, Paulsen says the best people to fill those position are right here in the U.S.
“The medical technology industry is an American success story that accounts for more than 423,000 jobs in our country, many of which are in my home state of Minnesota. It’s made up of America’s best innovators, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, engineers and doctors, who are improving and saving lives,” Paulsen says.
Declaring that “we can’t go on like this,” with health insurance premiums going up nine percent last year, Paulsen echoes his earlier claim.
“The bottom line is this: the president’s health care law is driving up health care costs are hurting small businesses, and for the sake of our economy, it must be fully repealed.”
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Brian Stelter, CNN
Euan McKirdy, Bryony Jones and Barry Neild, CNN