The event mirrored a news conference the Democratic Party leaders held in March, one week before the high court heard oral arguments in the Affordable Care Act case. Wednesday's event featured a few speakers, including the mother of a young son with cystic fibrosis; a 22-year-old Nebraska woman with an auto-immune disease who will remain on her parents' health plan until she is 26; and a Maryland business owner who will be able to provide insurance coverage to his employees as a result of the small business tax credit the law provides.
The California Democrat emphasized more than once that the law will help the nation's economy through job growth. “We must work together on America's top priority, which is the creation of jobs,” Pelosi said. “This healthcare bill creates 4 million jobs, but there are many other job initiatives in Congress that they have obstructed,” she said, referring to her GOP colleagues. “Let's stop this legislation to nowhere that they have on the floor today. Let's get with building an initiative for job creation.”
But Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a physician, said the Affordable Care Act is damaging to job development. "This is a jobs killer," Price said after the vote. "CBO has estimated 800,000 jobs—I think it's the U.S. Chamber estimated up to 2 million jobs—being destroyed because of this law. I know in my own district there are people who are saying, 'Look; we're not hiring because of this law.'," he continued. "I know that docs are saying that they aren't able to hire the clinical people that need to be hired because of this law. This is a jobs bill."
House members have now voted more than 30 times to dismantle the law, in part or in whole.
'Thankfully, this bill has no chance of going anywhere,” Hoyer said during the news conference hours before the vote. “It has no chance of passing the Senate, and the president has already said he would veto it.”