Freshman Republicans Continue Citing Faulty McKinsey Study on Healthcare

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Despite the media firestorm around a much disputed McKinsey report finding that large numbers of employers would drop health care coverage under President Obama’s health care reform law, it seems some Republican freshmen are still using it as a talking point.

“We learned last week that approximately 30% of employers anticipate dropping their health care coverage as a result of this [law],” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) at a press conference with fellow freshmen Republicans on the Hill today. “So more things are coming to light showing this simply was not a good piece of legislation.”TPM followed up with Huelskamp to see if he still supported the study’s findings even though McKinsey revised its findings on Monday, noting that the “survey was not intended as a predictive economic analysis of the impact of the Affordable Care Act.”

“I believe so, I looked at the information they put back out, I believe the methodology that was used is accurate,” he said. “It matches what I hear from small business folks across the state of Kansas.”

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