Caught on Camera: Coakley Calls Small Business Struggles with Obamacare a Myth

BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Republican Party reacted to video in which Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said it is a “myth” that Massachusetts small businesses will be hurt by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The video was captured outside a Newton Democratic Town Committee Meeting on Wednesday, October 15th. In the video, a rightfully concerned Coakley staffer is seen abruptly trying to curtail the conversation and block the camera. 

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgeo9OwIv5c&feature=youtu.be

"Martha Coakley is as out of touch with small business owners and the working class as she was with Red Sox Nation the last time she ran for higher office.” Said MassGOP Chair Kirsten Hughes. “If Martha Coakley would speak to small business owners somewhere other than a meeting of far-left Democrats, she would hear real fear about skyrocketing health insurance costs that threaten job creation.  The real myth is that Martha Coakley knows anything about small businesses or what it means to work in the private sector."

A reality check for Coakley:

Costs For MA Small Businesses Will Rise Under ACA. "But new federal regulations written to implement the Affordable Care Act threaten to undercut those efforts — and saddle thousands of Bay State businesses with big increases in premiums." (Editorial staff, "Mass. needs an Obamacare waiver for small-business health plans," The Boston Globe, 3/5/13)

MA Democrats Even Sought A Waiver From ACA Because Of The Rising Costs To Businesses.  "But new federal regulations written to implement the Affordable Care Act threaten to undercut those efforts — and saddle thousands of Bay State businesses with big increases in premiums." (Editorial staff, "Mass. needs an Obamacare waiver for small-business health plans," The Boston Globe, 3/5/13)

Deval Patrick cited the burden on MA small employers in a letter to the HHS Secretary Sebelius requesting a waiver from the ACA “Acting under orders from the state Legislature, Patrick in a letter on Tuesday formally asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to waive market-rating rules to "avoid increases in health-insurance premiums for a large segment of our small employer population and their employees." (Michael Norton, “Gov. Patrick makes case for Obamacare ratings waiver”, State House News Service, 9/5/2013)

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