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K Street Reax to SCOTUS Decision

June 28, 2012
This post has been updated. Originally published at 10:38 a.m.

National Restaurant Association President Dawn Sweeney:

We encourage Congress to continue efforts to repeal the law, since the Court's decision leaves the employer requirements in place, provisions which impact restaurant operators' ability to grow and create jobs.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue:


While we respect the Court's decision, today's Supreme Court ruling does not change the reality that the health care law is fundamentally flawed. Left unchanged, it will cost many Americans their employer-based health insurance, undermine job creation, and raise health care costs for all... It is imperative that policymakers and the business community now work together to develop and support genuine reforms that control costs, improve access, ensure quality, and promote wellness. These reforms and goals are achievable. The Chamber and the American business community are ready to go to work to enact true health care reform. Given the Court's decision, the need for action has never been greater.

National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons:

Today's ruling, although a dramatic moment in our nation's history, still leaves a lot of work to be done to reduce soaring health care costs.

Time and again, manufacturers have sought to reduce the cost of health care. Escalating health care costs are job killers, forcing manufacturers to pay more in premiums rather than investing in their business and creating jobs. From the day it was passed, the Affordable Care Act did nothing to bring down health care costs, and it is essential that Congress repeal the law and replace it with reform that benefits manufacturers and their employees.

International Franchise Association President Steve Caldeira:

We are deeply disappointed by the High Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act, which places undue burdens on the franchise small business community. While it may have been ruled constitutional, the law is unworkable, unaffordable and wrong for our country's small business owners. 

By upholding the law, 3.2 million jobs at franchise businesses continue to be put at risk due to the employer mandate provision, which forces franchise employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees to pay penalties, thereby discouraging and disincentivizing the creation of new jobs. 
 

Business Roundtable President John Engler:

 ... As Business Roundtable wrote in a June 18 letter to Congress, Congress should refrain from any immediate action in response to the Supreme Court ruling. With the health care law now upheld, policymakers should first carefully analyze and understand the implications of the ruling, and engage in an open dialogue with the American people about the best way to move forward.

As CEOs whose companies provide health care coverage to nearly 40 million Americans, we stand ready to work with Congress and the White House. Meanwhile, Business Roundtable member companies will continue to provide employer-sponsored health insurance coverage to their employees and families.

The National Retail Federation President Matt Shay:

As the voice of retailers of all types and sizes, we're disappointed by today's ruling. The Court missed an opportunity to redress the many shortcomings of the law.

"As it stands, the law wrongly focuses more on penalizing employers and the private sector than reducing health costs. For these reasons, NRF has been a consistent skeptic of the Affordable Care Act. ...

Although the Court upheld the law's constitutionality, many problems remain: it penalizes employers too much; it doesn't do enough to reduce the cost of health care; and it is unreasonably complicated and difficult to implement and administer.

This law will have a dramatic, negative impact on every employer and employee in the United States and further constrain job creation and economic growth.

Retail Industry Leaders Association President Sandy Kennedy: 

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that if they liked their health insurance, they could keep it. However, today, with just 17 months until the law takes effect, and no meaningful implementation guidelines available for employers, those assurances are in doubt.

While retailers are committed to continuing to provide health coverage to their employees, overregulation jeopardizes their ability to do so.

RILA continues to urge the Administration to protect retailers' ability to offer quality, affordable coverage that fits the unique needs of their workforce and not to undermine the flexible, voluntary system that provides coverage to millions of employees and their families.



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