In a release, the Fung campaign said the projected job losses as a result of the health care program — about 2.5 million fewer full-time jobs by 2024 — is unacceptable.
"Like many others I have been fearful of the economic impact on small business and working families, and the Congressional Budget Office has now validated our concern about job losses and reductions of hours as a result of the Obamacare mandates," Fung said.
In Rhode Island, a review of the report by Americans for Tax Reform projects 8,529 jobs will leave Rhode Island.
"We already have the highest unemployment in the United States and we simply cannot afford to lose any more jobs in this state," Fung said. "How are struggling Rhode Island families going to be able to afford these premiums, especially when their jobs are potentially on the line?”
Fung said Rhode Island taxpayers should not have to pay the roughly $23 million needed annual to maintain the state's health care exchange.
"I have consistently opposed Obamacare’s extremely high cost, in both dollars and jobs," Fung said. "As Governor, I will remain steadfast in supporting a more efficient and effective health care system, including working across state lines to increase competition and drive down the price of healthcare."