And yet those same Republicans want to take health care away from 1.5 million hard working people. By changing the Affordable Care Act for the worse, they would allow businesses to drop their employee insurance. More on that below. And the public isn't outraged or clamoring to stop them?
Am I pissed? You bet, and here's why: If the Affordable Care Act was the disaster the GOP claimed it was, then why are they rewriting it to intentionally making it worse, angering the public even more? From MotherJones:
Republicans plan to vote on a bill that would gut Obamacare—and could deprive up to 1.5 million Americans of their employer-sponsored health insurance. The law defines employees who work 30 or more hours per week as full time. The legislation ... would change the definition of full time to 40 hours per week for purposes of the law. Companies that don't want to provide health insurance for their employees can avoid doing so by cutting workers' hours.
"I call this the 'send people home a half hour early on Friday and deny them health insurance' bill," says Tim Jost, a health care law scholar at the Washington and Lee University School of Law who has consulted with the Obama administration on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
"Raising the threshold to 40 hours would place more than five times as many workers at risk of having their hours reduced," Paul van de Water, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, wrote in 2013.
"...increasing the federal deficit by $73.7 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation."Incredibly, Democrats continue to waffle on the basic fundamental human right to health care, and Republicans are loving it. For that reason, the GOP can make the case health care is a consumer product that people can "shop" for. Cancer? Shop, shop, shop.
Insurers, hospitals, doctors, drug and device makers will all share in the profits of the "health care" buying public. Can't afford it? Ask your neighbor to donate a few hundred dollars for a little help. Maybe that church down the street. Schools are now requiring their students to provide some kind of social service...maybe a car wash or bake sale.