By Justin Sink - 07/18/13 11:49 AM EDT
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Thursday cited a letter from union groups slamming the president's signature healthcare reform law as further evidence that the Affordable Care Act should be scrapped.
The letter, written to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by leaders James Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE, warns "the law as it stands will hurt millions of Americans."
"The law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week," the union leaders wrote. "Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly."
The White House has said that economic data does not support the suggestion employers are actually cutting hours to escape paying for workers' health insurance. But earlier this month, the administration announced it was delaying the employer mandate provision of the law, requiring employers of more than 50 people to provide health insurance or pay a fine.
Cantor said Thursday that was evidence the law wasn't working.
"The administration took a step a few weeks ago which matched what a lot of us had been saying for a long time: that this ObamaCare law is fundamentally flawed," he said. "The administration began to see and finally admitted that it wasn't ready to be implemented."
Cantor’s comments come as both sides ramp up their messaging over the healthcare reform act ahead of its planned rollout.
President Obama is set to promote the Affordable Care Act in a speech Thursday from the White House, where he will tout some $500 million in rebates that will be returned to consumers under a provision of the law capping the ratio of overhead costs insurers can have.
Republicans say they are committed to rolling back the law, and on Wednesday the House voted to delay both the individual and employer mandates.