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Morning Action: Obamacare Is Harming Businesses and Must Be Defunded

OBAMACARE. The Heritage Foundation has an Obamacare quiz for employers:

If you work somewhere, Obamacare is most likely affecting your employer—and you.

In a new paper, Heritage’s Alyene Senger explains how “Obamacare will impose new health coverage costs, the employer mandate, compliance regulations, and new taxes on all businesses.”

How will businesses respond to all these costs and regulations? What would you do? Take our quiz.

They add:

Obamacare forces all employers with more than 50 full-time employees (working at least 30 hours per week) to provide expensive insurance or pay a penalty.  Obamacare’s new mandates and regulations are making health coverage more expensive.  Employers can’t afford higher costs, so they’re dropping coverage or changing plans to save money. 

FACT CHECKERS.  The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Gonzalez explains that PolitiFact made numerous erroneous claims about statements made by Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint:

Last week, PolitiFact decided to rate statements on defunding Obamacare made by Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint at town hall meetings across the country. Well, these are not ratings made last week—PolitiFact just wrote on how it had rated these statements in the past. A bit of a summer rerun.

I checked with one of our top health care experts, Chris Jacobs, and this is what he told me on PolitiFact’s “ratings”: “The claims about ‘debunked’ statements being made on the Defund Obamacare Town Hall tour ignore the actual facts behind those statements.”

A PolitiFact reporter made “conclusions” about the health of Medicaid patients compared to the uninsured in April 2013, then presented these assumptions as the truth from Mount Olympus. A few weeks after that, a much-watched study led The New York Times (among other press outlets) to report that Medicaid did not improve the health of the uninsured. Yet before issuing her ruling on the accuracy of statements made on the Heritage Action Town Hall tour last week, the Politifact reporter neither re-examined nor updated her conclusions to reflect the latest research.

It has always been a reporter’s job to check people’s statements and present the facts. Merely switching titles and renaming journalists “fact checkers” does not add to anyone’s credibility, as the facts of this case show.

IMMIGRATION. Some business groups are pushing for an immigration overhaul this fall:

Business groups say their grassroots efforts to build support for an immigration overhaul are paying off and making them increasingly optimistic that Congress will complete comprehensive legislation this fall. 

Manufacturers and business leaders are spending the bulk of the August congressional recess canvassing the country, sitting down with lawmakers and chatting at local town-hall meetings to explain how fixing the immigration system is crucial to the nation’s economic future.  

Business groups want to see the House and Senate join forces as they have done with a diverse coalition of groups to push through an immigration package that streamlines the process and helps employers fill persistent openings for low- and high-skilled workers, while providing better border security. 

AUTO LOANS.  President Obama may revive a $25 billion auto loan program, the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program, despite the fact that the program came under scrutiny after two of five companies that received loans halted production:

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the Obama administration is considering reviving the moribund $25 billion auto loan program by revising lending criteria and seeking a new round of loan requests.

Created by Congress in 2007, the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program hasn’t made a new loan since March 2011 and came under scrutiny after two of five companies that received loans halted production. The auto loan program was created to spur the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles in the United States.

“We are looking at what a new (loan) solicitation might look like. That’s an ongoing discussion,” Moniz said in a Detroit News telephone interview on Monday from New Jersey, where he was traveling to a speech. “We are actively looking at what might be an effective new (request for proposals).”

 

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