Ways and Means Slates Hearing on Health Care Reform

January 21, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Next week Congress will take a look at the impact of the health care reform legislation on business and hiring.


U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) announced that the Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing on the impact the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” will have on the U.S. economy and employers’ ability to hire new workers and retain existing employees. 

The hearing will focus on the impact on jobs “stemming from the new taxes and new federal regulatory requirements,”, and will “also analyze the impact of the employer mandate on job creation,” according to a press release.

In announcing this hearing, Chairman Camp said, “Employers have repeatedly expressed their concerns about the effects of the Democrats’ health care law.  This hearing provides us the opportunity to directly hear from employers about the higher taxes and new mandates that are in this law.  This will also serve as a basis for how this Committee, and Congress, can best respond to the concerns of employers and workers and refocus its energy to develop common sense solutions that prioritize affordability, job creation, and economic growth.”

The hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M.

According to the announcement, in view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only.  However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.  More information on submitting comments for the hearing is available at http://republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=220618