Sen. Barrasso mentions book on Senate floor

Yesterday, Senator John Barrasso’s Second Opinion address on the Senate floor was titled, “If You Like Your Health Care Coverage, Cross Your Fingers.” He discussed a new report from the McKinsey Quarterly on “How US health care reform will affect employee benefits.” Talking about the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on employer-provided health insurance, Sen. Barrasso remarked, “Among employers with a high awareness of how the program actually works for health care reform, who have actually studied what the law says, well, in that group, those who are most well informed, they are saying more than 50% and upwards to 60% will pursue other options, likely to stop offering their employees health coverage.” He mentioned Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, and said that “having read the book, I will tell you a lot of the things I’ve been talking about during the debate leading up to the vote on ObamaCare, and that I’ve been talking about afterwards as a doctor — Second Opinion — are included in [the] book.”

Disadvantages of Employer-Based Health Coverage

Co-author Tom Miller of AEI recently testified about “The Pressures of Rising Costs on Employer Provided Health Care” before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He concluded: “A number of blame-shifting assertions, statistical mirages, overstatements, and simplistic pet theories should not distract us from the more complex and daunting task of both rethinking the path that the previous Congress took in the ACA and pursuing more robust and realistic routes to sustainable, higher-value health care.”

Read the chapter on “Impact on You and Your Employer” in Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America to learn more about the limits of employer-based coverage, barriers to job and wage growth, and the harmful consequences for small businesses.