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Fact-killing health-reform repeal January 19, 2011

Posted by Admin in Health Insurance, huh?.
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So says the headline in the today’s column by Froma Harrop in my newspaper today.

I’d only like to address one part of the column and proposed legislation (HR2) in this post.

So which jobs will PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) destroy? The House Republicans offer no evidence-just assertions about losses to small businesses and assumptions about new government jobs. In fact, a repeal of PPACA would eliminate tax credits for small businesses. (This credit is available from 2010-2013 for non-profit and for-profit businesses of fewer than 25 employees and and average annual incomes of less than $50,000.)

Some businesses would lose jobs-some would be in the administration of health care for profit businesses that the US has. With 32 million more people covered, it seems obvious that more health care workers would be needed to serve them. There is also a provision in the bill to add slots in nursing education, which would lead to growth in the number of nurses we could train and add to the workplace.

A recent column in the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) article describes the additional opportunities for nursing education as a “watershed moment for the nursing profession”.

In workforce development reports, allied health professions and health care jobs are routinely in the top growth areas for the next ten years.

Can it be that the Republicans are only worried about pleasing their lobbyists (including 55 former members of Congress as of 2009)?

According to Bloomberg News, 1.5 million dollars per day was spent in the first quarter of 2010 on health care reform lobbying….



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