ON-Lion Letter
"With unemployment stubbornly high and economic growth shrinking, it is clear the economy is headed in the wrong direction.  And ObamaCare is a major cause," begins a March commentary by Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute in Alexandria, Va.

"Employers are resisting hiring new workers, at least partly to avoid the high costs of the law’s mandated health coverage," Turner continues.  "The health law will require all employers with more than 50 workers to provide expensive health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000 to $3,000 per worker, every year.

"These added costs rob companies of money to grow their businesses and hire new workers," she writes.  "Small businesses -- usually the nation's most robust job creators -- will be hit hardest, and many say the requirement would wipe out their profits.  This means less money to build new restaurants and stores, reduced investment in research -- and fewer new jobs."

Turner founded and facilitates the Health Policy Consensus Group, which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop health-care policy recommendations.

"The best thing that Congress could do to stimulate economic growth and jobs creation," her commentary concludes, "would be to repeal the health law and go back to the drawing board, creating a law that would increase access to health insurance and stimulate genuine market competition to lower health costs without the huge distortions that ObamaCare inflicts."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Galen Institute.
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