Fischer Says Health Care Act Hindering Hiring

July 10, 2012

Grand Island Independent
July 9, 2012
By Robert Pore

AURORA - State Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine, who is the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, said the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act only intensifies the focus of the race between her and Democrat Bob Kerrey.

Fischer and Kerrey, who formerly served as U.S. senator and Nebraska governor, are vying for the seat being vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson, who is retiring after two terms in the Senate.

“I support repealing Obamacare as we need to take a step-by-step process in addressing health care to make sure that it is affordable,” Fischer said on Monday in Aurora, where she attended the groundbreaking for a corporate office complex for the Aurora Cooperative.

Fischer said President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is too expensive and businesses are not hiring because of the uncertainty of all the regulations of the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act.

While Nebraska has the nation’s second-lowest unemployment rate, the latest job report has unemployment at 8.2 percent with an estimated 15 million American classified as underemployed. It is estimated that 23 million Americans are either unemployed, underemployed or have given up searching for work.

“When you look at the job report, it makes you realize that we have a real stagnant economy and we are not seeing growth,” Fischer said. “Obviously, what this administration has been doing hasn’t been working. We need to let small businesses grow and let them create those jobs. People who have businesses on Main Street are very concerned. They worry about the risk if they hire more people if they expand. That is when the government needs to back away.”

Fischer gave the example of the Aurora Cooperative as the kind of business growth that needs to be encouraged. The co-op has grown from a $100 million company to a billion-dollar company in the last 10 years and employes more than 650 people.

“We need to encourage entrepreneurship,” Fischer said. “We need to encourage job growth. But we are not seeing that happen at the federal level.”

As a state senator, Fischer said, she has worked with Gov. Dave Heineman and the Legislature in providing the needed incentives and tax relief that will create jobs in Nebraska.

“That is what I have worked on for eight years on the state level, and that is what we need to do in Washington, D.C., too,” she said.