Why do Democrats keep saying Obamacare is the ‘job killer’?
As the Supreme Court weighs whether to uphold President Donald Trump’s health care overhaul, Democrats are using an oft-repeated phrase to describe the Affordable Care Act as the “job killer.”
The Hill asked Democrats to explain the claim, and they cited a May 2017 article by the Washington Post.
The Post said the GOP plan would eliminate at least 20 million people from the health care system over the next decade.
The Hill then asked the Democrats to list specific examples of people who would lose coverage under the GOP bill, and the Democrats didn’t offer any examples.
The headline from the Post article reads, “House Democrats propose to eliminate 20 million Americans from insurance over decade.”
Democrats were quick to respond to the article.
A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats “never said that.”
The Washington Post also ran a story on the Hill in May 2017 titled, “GOP plan eliminates 20 million from insurance coverage.”
The Post wrote, “Democrats are counting on a simple phrase to make their case: the Affordable Healthcare Act is the job killer.
That’s because the law was enacted in the wake of the Great Recession, when the nation’s health insurance market was at its worst.”
Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on MSNBC last week that Democrats “just want to get rid of 20 million” Americans.
He added that Republicans “want to put out a statement saying we’re going to repeal the ACA, we’re not going to make people’s lives better.”
Pelosi on Monday defended the coverage reductions in the House GOP health care bill, saying the measure is “the single best piece of legislation we’ve ever introduced.”
“It is the single best bill that has ever been introduced,” Pelosi said on “Morning Joe.”
“It’s the only one that has not been attacked by Republicans in any of its phases.”
Pelser said Democrats are trying to score political points in the health bill by saying the GOP proposal is a job killer.
“Democrats have spent the last few months hammering this idea, that the ACA is a cancer, that it’s an obstacle to economic growth, that we’ve created an economy that is more expensive, more complicated, more unstable,” Pelosi told MSNBC.
“So we’re trying to create this false narrative, that this is the kind of legislation that’s going to kill people.
And the truth is it’s going not to.”
Democrats and the White House have long pushed the notion that the health law is responsible for the health insurance industry’s financial woes.
The GOP health plan would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion, but the Whitehouse says it will still be a boon to the economy.
Democrats have been skeptical of the argument that the GOP health bill is going to put people back to work.
A key part of the GOP’s argument is that the plan would allow insurers to charge sicker people more and force people to buy cheaper insurance.
“I’m not going into this in a way that’s gonna say it’s a job-killer,” House Minority Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“But we are saying this legislation is a disaster.
This is a crisis in health care.”
The White House has said the plan is the first step toward a tax reform plan that could generate more revenue for the government, and Republicans have also argued that the law is a key driver of the U.S. economy.
The Whitehouse on Monday pushed back on the idea that the House Republican health bill will create jobs.
“There are a number of ways the Affordable Health Care Act has helped create jobs in the private sector,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
“This bill will help create jobs and will help get people back into work, and I think that’s the key message that the administration is sending.”