Businesses “are forced to drop employee health care coverage” and, as a result, there are “families losing health care benefits. That’s what’s happening under the new health care law.”

Claim: Businesses “are forced to drop employee health care coverage” and, as a result, there are “families losing health care benefits. That’s what’s happening under the new health care law.”

Ad(s): Forward

Sponsor(s): NRCC

State(s): IA

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FactCheck.org Summary:  

“But that’s not happening now. The claim is based on a July survey of corporate executives and human-resource officers who were asked if they expect their companies to drop insurance coverage in the next one to five years.

The survey found that ‘9% of companies representing 3% of the workforce anticipate dropping coverage in the next 1-3 years.’… But none of that has happened. The requirement that some businesses provide health insurance or pay a penalty does not take effect until Jan. 1, 2014.

Also, the ad doesn’t mention that the law is also expected to increase the number of insured Americans ‘by 14 million in 2014 and by 29 million or 30 million in the latter part of the coming decade,’ according to a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report issued in July…The NRCC cites a July 24, 2012, Wall Street Journal article to support its claim that businesses are dropping health care coverage. The article was about a survey conducted by Deloitte Consulting… Both the Deloitte survey and the CBO report deal with possible future scenarios – not ‘what’s happening,’ as the NRCC ad says. That will happen largely by expanding Medicaid eligibility and providing government subsidies for low- and middle-income families.”

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