MADISON, Wis., May 20 -- The Wisconsin Republican Party issued the following news:
While Millionaire Mary Burke has been dodging ObamaCare in the race for Governor, her true position on the healthcare disaster was revealed in 2008 as Burke campaigned for Barack Obama. At an event in Watertown, Burke left little doubt where she stands on the issue, laying out a series of defenses of the law, challenging legitimate critiques that were raised at the time - and have since come to pass. It is curious why Burke has avoided such candor and refused to describe her support for ObamaCare in any detail on her own campaign.
To Obama volunteers during the 2008 election, Mary Burke revealed her true feelings on ObamaCare. View the video here.
Personal Choice for Doctor Visits
Mary Burke in her own words:
"It doesn't mean that the government's going to tell you which doctors to go to, or which plan to have, or that you have to leave your employers."
In reality: On Thursday, December 12th, 2013, Politifact published an article titled "Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.'" As the article points out, "...this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama's breezy assurances were wrong." Furthermore:
"The debate about the health care law rages on, but friends and foes of Obamacare have found one slice of common ground: The president's "you can keep it" claim has been a real hit to his credibility." (file:///C:/Users/jdougherty/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/956OXQS4/VIDEO%20-%20Mary%20Burke%20All%20In%20For%20ObamaCare%20(3).docx#_ftn1)
Small Business Impact
"Small businesses, also, will not be hurt..."
In reality: In January 2014, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce - the statewide Chamber of Commerce - released a survey of 341 job creators who disagree with Burke's statement. This survey of business leaders demonstrates that not only will small businesses feel an overwhelming impact, but they will also pass along that negative impact onto their employees:
"Seventy-eight percent of business leaders blame the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the rate increases and 55 percent say that ACA compliance had led to changes in the plans they offer employees."
"Overall, 54 percent say that ACA has had a negative impact on their employees, [and] 30 percent say it is too early to tell." (file:///C:/Users/jdougherty/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/956OXQS4/VIDEO%20-%20Mary%20Burke%20All%20In%20For%20ObamaCare%20(3).docx#_ftn2)
Flexibility and ObamaCare
"Obama would let states be flexible with plans that are working, rather than everyone having to conform to whatever the federal government plan is."
In reality: On November 16th, 2012, Governor Walker officially notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Wisconsin would not build a state-based health insurance exchange. Governor Walker made this decision after thorough deliberations on the premise that a federal health insurance mandate would prove inflexible to the unique needs of Wisconsin citizens, which would not appropriately protect taxpayer dollars. As his letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius notes:
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) gives states three options in building health insurance exchanges: an exchange built and managed by an individual state subject to federal mandate; a partnership plan requiring the state to perform functions on behalf of the federal government; or a federal exchange developed by the federal government. While the three options differ in who initially builds and operates the exchange, all three options are identical in that they are governed and controlled by federal policy.
No matter which option is chosen, Wisconsin taxpayers will not have meaningful control over the health care policies and services sold to Wisconsin residents. If the state option is chosen; however, Wisconsinites face risk from a federal mandate lacking long-term guaranteed funding." (file:///C:/Users/jdougherty/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/956OXQS4/VIDEO%20-%20Mary%20Burke%20All%20In%20For%20ObamaCare%20(3).docx#_ftn3)
"In Wisconsin, small businesses have generated more than sixty percent of net new jobs and employ over half of all private sector employees - Mary Burke's support of the ObamaCare boondoggle would hurt small businesses, their employees, and Wisconsin's hard-working taxpayers," Joe Fadness, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. "ObamaCare has led to one disaster after another and we deserve a Governor who will move our great state forward, not a Governor that supports failed federal mandates."
View the video here: http://youtu.be/cpMQ3U91TAo
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