Leader Cantor: We're In This Fight And We Want The Senate To Join Us
September 20, 2013
Contact: Doug Heye, Megan Whittemore
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“The House has been fighting to stop ObamaCare since 2009. We have said over and over again, this law is going to increase the costs for the working middle class families in this country and we’re now seeing it. We’ve said from the beginning that this law will harm our economy and we’re seeing our economy turn from a full-time job economy to a part-time job economy. That’s why we are doing our job and now it is up to Senate Democrats to show some responsibility and follow the House’s lead.

“Now, many Senate Republicans have promised to leave no stone unturned in fighting this law and all of us here support that effort. We’re calling on Senate Democrats to do the same thing.

“I want to know where Senator Pryor stands on protecting the middle class from the consequences of this horrific law. Earlier this summer a non-profit group in Fort Smith, Arkansas that provides care for seniors announced that they are cutting hours for hundreds of staff members to 28 hours a week.

“How about Kay Hagan in North Carolina? Does she understand the consequences that Obamacare is having in her state? Carlie C’s grocery store President Mack McLamb has said it’s not “feasible or sustainable” to extend coverage for all 1,100 employees that he has. He too may have to cut hours for much of his work force.

“What about Mary Landrieu of Louisiana? Obamacare is also hurting her hardworking taxpayers in that state. In July, Lawrence Katz, CEO of Dotz Diner told the Senator in a committee hearing that he may have to lay off as many as 16 workers. These are working middle class Americans just trying to make ends meet.

“And finally, what about Mark Begich of Alaska? Through Obamacare Americans across the country could be hit with a rate shock. In Alaska, it’s predicted that premiums could rise between 30%-80%. What’s Senator Begich going to do about this? Will he vote to keep Obamacare in place?

“We’re in this fight and we want the Senate to join us.”