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GOP Report: Obama’s Corporate Advisers Say Health Law Will Increase Costs

The report by Republican staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee also contends consultants have advised large employers to drop employee coverage after the exchanges come online in 2014.  Democrats say the report takes comments out of context, calling it "misleading, inaccurate, contradictory."

The Wall Street Journal: Employers Are Advised On Dropping Health Insurance
Consultants have told some large employers they can save money by dropping health insurance in 2014 and funneling employees into insurance exchanges under the new health-care law, according to a report by congressional Republicans (Radnofsky, 4/26).

Reuters: Republican Report Blasts Obama's Healthcare Law
Republicans on Thursday issued a politically charged report that quoted President Barack Obama's corporate advisers as predicting his 2010 healthcare overhaul would raise - not lower - the cost of care. The report, released as the Supreme Court weighs the fate of Obama's healthcare law, was compiled by the Republican staff of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee with input from major corporations including General Electric, Southwest Airlines and American Express (Morgan, 4/26).

CQ HealthBeat: Energy And Commerce Committee GOP Report Sparks Protests From Democrats
Companies on the Obama administration’s President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness say that the health care law will increase their health care costs and lead some firms to stop offering health insurance to workers, according to House Energy and Commerce Republicans in a new report. But Democrats say that the Republicans are twisting statements out of context and using incorrect information. The report by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that was released Thursday continues a fight between the parties over the impact of the 2010 health care law (Adams, 4/27).

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