Sen. Roy BluntAs we approach the deadline for the president's health care law to go into effect, I continue to hear stories from Missourians who are concerned about the ways that this massive overhaul will impact their families, businesses, and communities. Unfortunately, recent reports have reinforced what many health care providers and small business advocates have feared for some time -- the president's health care law will burden Americans with trillions of dollars in new taxes, costly penalties, and new government obligations that will stifle job creation nationwide.
Starting next year, job creators will be forced to comply with this new law or pay the penalty. Many hard-working Americans whose employers decide it's more cost effective to pay the penalty will see their plans change or lose them altogether.
In other instances, we will see employers reduce hours for full-time employees to avoid paying penalties or providing health care. This will force people to take on more than one part-time job to make ends meet, meaning the person who serves your coffee in the morning may be the same person serving your dinner in a different spot the same night and you may see them working at a third job over the weekend.
At a time when millions of Americans are still searching for jobs, the last thing we should do is discourage economic growth. Maybe that's why some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have increasingly expressed their concerns.
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said: "I just see a huge train wreck coming down." Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) called it "the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress... up to this point, it's just beyond comprehension." Senator Ron Wyden(D-Ore.) warned, "There is reason to be very concerned about what's going to happen with young people."
Even President Obama admitted there will be "glitches and bumps" in the roll-out of his health care overhaul. But this isn't what the president promised three years ago when this plan passed into law. For almost everyone, the promise that "if you like what you have you can keep it" won't turn out that way.
We can all agree that we must fix our nation's health care system, but this one-size-fits-all government takeover is not the right answer. I'll continue to fight to repeal the most flawed components of this law so we can replace it with common-sense reforms to put Missourians in control of their health care -- not Washington bureaucrats.