WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. job market recovery is still anemic while the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the Obamacare, is creating uncertainty for business owners in the nation, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday.
"We had another jobs report yesterday, another, frankly, disappointing jobs report. This economy is not creating the jobs that the American people are looking for," Boehner said at the first press conference after a 16-day government shutdown.
"Their wages are stagnant. And part of the problem is that we' ve got the whole threat of Obamacare continuing to hang over our economy like a wet blanket," he told reporters.
The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September, fewer than market forecasts, while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.2 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the previous month, the Labor Department said on Tuesday.
"Employers are scared to death in terms of what they have to do and what they don't have to do, afraid to add new employees. And, you know, when you look at the problems with Obamacare, all the focus here lately has been on the website. Clearly, there's problems with the website, but I would argue that the problems go much further than that," he added.
Under the Obamacare, Americans without health insurance must buy it or pay a penalty. They can shop around a health insurance plan on the government-set website HealthCare.gov starting on Oct. 1. But the website has been beset with glitches and attracting criticism.
"This is a very serious problem. It's affecting our economy and it's affecting the ability of the American people to find the job that will help them take care of themselves and their families," said Boehner, the top GOP lawmaker.