Martin O’Malley on ‘Crossfire’: Obamacare will encourage people to start new businesses

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 18, 2013

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is not only looking forward to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in January, but he actually believes that it will help stimulate the economy by creating new businesses and jobs for Americans.

The Democrat made the outlandish statement during a debate with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on CNN’s “Crossfire” Wednesday night.

“We think that we’re going to be able to increase our competitive advantage and that even more people will start businesses when they don’t have to worry about losing their insurance if they move from another plan,” O’Malley told “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich.

The duo was discussing the fact that many companies, colleges and local governments have already announced they will make staffing changes as a result of the increased costs they will be forced to take on under the new healthcare law. Gingrich specifically referenced drug store Walgreens in his question, who had earlier in the day announced that they would change their employees’ healthcare plans to a private healthcare exchange to escape the Obamacare fees. The company will still continue to promote the president’s signature policy initiative, however.

In addition to discussing Obamacare, the pair – along with Perry and “Crossfire” co-host Stephanie Cutter – talked about job creation. The Texas governor visited the Free State this week as part of a jobs tour to lure Maryland businesses to Texas. Perry also sponsored TV ads in Maryland promoting his efforts to improve job growth in Texas, which prompted O’Malley to fight back in a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday.

“Everybody in this country understands that there is something really fascinating going on in the state of Texas, and it’s been going on for some time,” Perry told the panel, noting that 30 percent of jobs created in the United States over the past decade were created in Texas.

One topic that was not discussed was gun control, something with which the two governors – and potential 2016 presidential candidates – do not see eye-to-eye. Maryland was one of several states earlier this year that passed stringent new gun control regulations, which includes a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons and limits on the number of bullets a magazine can hold while Perry is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.

At least one Maryland-based gun manufacturer, Beretta, has announced that it is considering relocating to another state as a direct result of the new law. Perry visited Beretta’s headquarters during his trip this week, and has also stopped by the headquarters of several other gun manufacturers in the past few months in the hopes of luring them down south.

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