WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is speaking out regarding his opposition to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
The New York Republican linked job growth with the health care law, stating that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was behind dismal unemployment numbers.
"As many of you know, Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of the president's health care law," Reed said. "The negative impacts of Obamacare remain a huge concern to me and, I know, to many employers and to many constituents around the district, around the region, around the state, around the nation. The fact is, job growth is not improving."
Rep. Tom Reed
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by Obama in 2010. The act is aimed at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans, while reducing the costs of health care. It has a number of provisions, which will be gradually introduced until the year 2020, when the act takes full effect.
According to Reed, the Affordable Care Act is causing employers a great deal of pain when it comes to hiring and keeping employees.
"The uncertainty that the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, has created in the private sector has led them to either lay off employees, not hire new employees, or, when they do hire, hire part-time employees to try and avoid that 50-employee threshold," Reed said.
A business with less than 50 employees is considered to be a small business, according to the act. Any business with more than 50 employees must start providing insurance, beginning in 2014. Those employers who do not will be subject to fines.
As a result, Reed said the number one goal should be to focus on coming together to identify areas where a vibrant private-sector economy can be created.
"When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, obviously I still stand for the outright repeal of the law," Reed said. "But, being the practical conservative that I am, I believe we can potentially focus on other areas of the law that need immediate attention, that could go to alleviating some of the concern that small businesses in the private sector are anticipating with the implementation of the law."
Aside from repealing the Affordable Care Act, Reed emphasized he is also in favor of repealing the independent payment advisory board.
The independent payment advisory board was also put into place in 2010. The board is in place to look for savings in Medicare, without affecting quality of care or health coverage.
"(The independent payment advisory board is) the unelected group of bureaucrats that are not charged to hold any of their deliberations in public," Reed said. "I believe that is causing a lot of uncertainty in the health care industry, because folks don't know exactly how health care is going to be delivered going forward when such power is concentrated in an unelected bureaucratic board, such as the independent payment advisory board."
Reed promised to continue to advocate for the outright repeal of these items. However, he said if these items cannot be repealed, he is satisfied with cleaning up these areas in order to alleviate concerns.