Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Remember, it's a feature, not a bug

Oops: GOP Bill Would Strip 1 Million Workers Of Health Coverage

A Republican-led bill designed to "save American workers" would cause 1 million workers to lose their health care coverage and increase the deficit by $74 billion, according to Congress' official scorekeeper.
The legislation, offered by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) and 208 co-sponsors as a tweak to Obamacare, would change the definition of a full-time work week under the health care law from 30 hours per week to 40 hours. The aim was to mitigate the effect of the law's employer mandate, which says businesses with 50 or more workers must offer insurance to full-time employees. Link
So the “Save American Workers” bill is going to cost 1 million workers their health care coverage while providing a huge benefit to those businesses that no longer have to provide insurance to their employees. Of course, those million workers will then have to get coverage through the exchanges, which means government subsidies, or they’ll go on Medicaid, again funded by the government, which is why this would increase the deficit by $74 billion.

Sounds like a fantastic idea. It screws working Americans, gives a financial windfall to big business, and increases the deficit which Republicans can use to argue for cutting social welfare programs. It’s a win-win for Republicans. Of course, it’s a lose-lose for Americans, the people the Republicans are supposed to be helping.


SJHoneywell said...

The more I see things like this, the more I realize that win-win for Republicans is always lose-lose for America.

Ipecac said...

I'm somewhat amazed that until 2003 or so, I was one of them. Of course, I was always a moderate Republican. But as I watched the party embrace one extreme position after another,and display a staggering inability to admit fault, I finally realized that I no longer wanted anything to do with them. And that was in 2003!

Now, they're unrecognizable.