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August 27, 2013

Hearing reveals uncertainty, worry surrounding health care law

Lectrodryer CEO testifies to members of Congress

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LEXINGTON —

Another concern that McPhearson and other business owners testified about was the amount of work and uncertainty for human resource managers who have been learning how to navigate the new regulations.

McPhearson said Lectrodryer is considering hiring another human resources professional to deal with the increased workload and reporting requirements created by the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Reps. John Yarmuth (D), Andy Barr (R), Brett Guthrie (R) – all representing Kentucky districts – and Phil Roe, a Tennessee Republican, took part in the hearing. All four congressmen serve on the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

The Republican congressmen set the tone early in the hearing, expressing their dislike of the Affordable Care Act and listing multiple ways it will negatively affect Americans and the economy.

Roe, who chairs the subcommittee, said the ACA is a “fatally flawed law that will kill jobs.”

“It is clear cracks in Obamacare are growing and getting deeper,” Barr said.

His stance on the legislation was not partisan, Barr said, and several audience members who support the legislation erupted in laughter and boos.

Roe called for order and explained that a congressional hearing is not like a town hall where the crowd can verbally interact with the politicians. House of Representatives rules of order must be followed, he said.

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