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Ryan predicts Obamacare will 'collapse' under own weight

Franksville – U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told a Tea Party meeting in Racine County Sunday that “ObamaCare will collapse under its own weight” and that employers will deliberately discontinue employee health care benefits, causing the program’s costs to balloon out of control.

Ryan said he has already spoken to a major Wisconsin employer that says it is poised to do just that – a move that Ryan calls “competitive dumping.”

Ryan, who would not reveal the company’s name, said it pays about $17,000 per employee for a family health plan, but its competitors can pay a $2,000 fine per employee if they do not offer health care.

“It’s a competitive advantage they say they can’t overcome,” Ryan said.

“Don’t think every company is not thinking about it. They’re all thinking about it.”

Ryan predicted health care providers also will rebel.

“Go talk to the people at Aurora, go talk to the people at Wheaton, go talk to the people at St. Catherine’s, go talk to the people at All Saints,” he said. “They will say the same exact thing, which is, ‘We are getting paid less and less per service for all these people coming in.’ You see, the government is underpaying providers for the cost of care.”

Ryan told about 200 people in attendance that opponents of the Obama administration’s Affordable Health Care Act have failed to halt the new legislation in the GOP’s two preferred ways: either by having the Supreme Court strike down the law as unconstitutional or by winning the White House

Now, Ryan said, “This is going to have to be litigated.”

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By Kay Nolan
For WisPolitics.com




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