Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) claimed today that Obamacare will “destroy everything we know as a nation.”
"Obamacare is already destroying job creation. It's already hurting our economy. It's gonna destroy the doctor-patient relationship. It's gonna destroy the quality of healthcare in America," Rep. Braun told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, noted RawStory.com (video below).
Rep. Braun didn't mention that the current "quality of health care in America" includes paying the highest prices for lower quality health services, compared to 12 industrialized nations, noted a study by the Commonwealth Fund earlier this year.
At one point, Rep. Broun announced, "Obamacare is going to destroy everything we know as a nation... Wolf, I’m a doctor. I’m a medical doctor!”
Blitzer then quoted Rep. Braun in the National Review.
“You said ‘America is going to be destroyed by Obamacare so whatever deal is put together must at least reschedule the implementation of Obamacare. This law is going to destroy America, and everything in America, and we need to stop it.’ Do you still stand by all of those pretty extreme words?” asked Blitzer.
Rep. Broun dodged the question, so Blitzer repeated it.
“I know you hate it, but I just want to be precise. America is going to be destroyed, you say, by Obamacare. America? This United States of America is going to be destroyed if this law is fully implemented? Is that what I hear you say?” said Blitzer.
Rep. Broun finally answered: “Well, it’s going to take us off the edge economically. It’s going to destroy our economy and it’s going to push us into a total economic collapse of America. And that’s exactly what I mean by it’s going to destroy America.”
However, Rep. Broun didn't present any proof that Obamacare is "destroying jobs" or the economy, except for an ancedote about an unnamed company that doesn't want its employees to have health insurance.
This often-used "destroying jobs" talking point by Republicans was debunked in USA Today in August:
Job creation at small companies has almost doubled in the last six months, reaching 82,000 jobs at firms with 49 or fewer employees in July, according to payroll processor ADP.
As more data come in, [Obamacare's] impact can't be seen in hiring statistics, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics.
"I was expecting to see it. I was looking for it, and it's not there,'' says Zandi, whose firm manages ADP's surveys of overall private-sector job creation. If the Affordable Care Act "were causing a drop, you would see meaningful slowing.