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NRA commends House vote on health-law repeal, urges Congress to focus on lowering cost of health care coverage

The National Restaurant Association commended the U.S. House of Representatives on its July 11 vote to repeal the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, saying the economic impact of the law would hurt industry growth.

The 244-185 vote largely mimicked a similar repeal vote of the health law in January 2011. This time, five Democrats joined House Republicans in voting to repeal the law. The Senate, however, is not expected to take up the measure, and President Obama already said he would veto a repeal bill if it reached his desk.

In a letter delivered to House lawmakers July 10, the NRA urged representatives to repeal the law and seek health care reform that wouldn't hamper the ability of employers to create jobs.

"The early signals of the economic impact of the health care legislation signed into law in March of 2010 are not encouraging for our industry," NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney wrote in the letter to House members.

"In particular," she continued, "the employer mandate and associated penalties are such that many restaurant operators fear that they will need to shed jobs or close down in order to avoid cost increases upwards of 40 percent. The current construct appears to impose untenable cost and job burdens for many in the restaurant industry.

"Congress must seek comprehensive health care reform that focuses first on lowering health care coverage costs and not on reform that hampers the ability of employers to create jobs," Sweeney stated.

Read the NRA's letter to the House and statement following the House vote.

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