Minnesota Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell:
“The President’s health care law has led to higher costs, fewer jobs, and tremendous uncertainty for families and small businesses. Today’s decision does not change the fact that the law is fundamentally flawed, and it doesn’t change our resolve to repeal it. Our nation desperately needs a patient-centered health care system, one that provides working families and employers more choices, greater flexibility, and affordable coverage. That is precisely what we will continue to fight for on behalf of the American people.”
In other words, John Kline is ignoring news reports :
The health services sector added 45,000 jobs in April 2015, continuing the surge that began roughly 1 year ago. Growth was strong in virtually all subsectors, including hospitals and physician offices. Over the past 6 months, health has added 226,000 jobs, the largest such increase in 25 years. On a year-over-year basis, health job growth now comfortably exceeds nonhealth growth at 2.7 percent versus 2.1 percent.
Costs are slowing … Health care prices in March 2015 were 1.3 percent higher than in March 2014, while hospital prices rose a scant 0.4 percent, while physician and clinical services prices actually fell 0.6 percent.
Heck even the Congressional Budget Office is delivering news that Chairman Kline is apparently oblivious to. The CBO, which is now under the leadership of a director hand-picked by the Republicans after they captured both chambers of Congress, has determined that Repealing ObamaCare would RAISE the deficit by some $353 billion by 2025. Even using so-called “dynamic scoring,” the thumb-on-the-scale approach long sought by Republicans, CBO analysts found that repeal of ObamaCare would raise the deficit by $137 billion over the next decade.
Yet, John Kline is still pushing for an “Off-ramp to Obamacare” by pushing KlineCare … the imaginary healthcare program that the House has failed to allow a vote on.
Contrast John Kline with the reaction of Angie Craig, a DFLer who has announced her attentions to replace him :
Eagan, MN—Today, Angie Craig, who is seeking the DFL endorsement to challenge John Kline in Minnesota’s Second District, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the King v. Burwell case:
“I’m very encouraged by the court’s decision in King v. Burwell. While the ruling would not have affected Minnesotans one way or another, we should all be thankful here in Minnesota our leaders didn’t let politics get in the way and established a system to ensure that every Minnesotan had access to high quality, affordable health care.
“The implication of this decision is absolutely clear: The Affordable Care Act is still the law of this land. It may not be perfect, but we can’t go back to a system in which insurance companies dropped patients when they got sick, families were denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and insurers charged women higher premiums than men for the same coverage.
“John Kline and his Republican allies in Congress have cast dozens of meaningless votes to repeal the ACA. This district deserves a true leader, someone committed to all of our families. Sadly, John Kline is more interested in catering to the extreme fringes and playing politics with our health and well-being.”