study from the Beacon Hill Institute in Massachusetts shows that rapidly increasing health insurance costs caused by that state's "Romneycare" system has "discouraged job and employment growth, especially the creation of jobs that offer health benefits." This led to 18,313 fewer jobs created in 2010, compared to what would have happened without the state's health care "reform" law.

Romneycare is widely viewed as the prototype for Obamacare. Other things being equal, if Obamacare had been in effect and imposed the same job-loss rate on Michigan that Romneycare did on Massachusetts, it would have meant 27,776 fewer jobs here last year, based on the states’ respective populations.