Republicans have been unsuccessful in their attempts to repeal Obamacare — more than 40 times. Now they have a new plan that would only partially disable the law and in the process cause a million workers now covered by employer-provided insurance to lose that coverage.
The bill’s sponsor Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) calls it the Save American Workers Act but all it will do according to the CBO is to reduce the ranks of the insured.
The bill would change the definition of a full-time employee to one who works at least 40 hours per week instead of the current definition which says that a full-time employee is one who works 30 hours or more.
On his web page Congressman Young says:
“[A]s the administration continues to stumble through implementation of the law, many Americans are still confused with how this sweeping law will work and what its impact will be. For hourly workers, though, one thing is already clear: Americans are seeing their hours cut and their paychecks reduced as a result of the employer mandate, a centerpiece of the law. We were promised this bill would create jobs, and evidence that the opposite is happening is apparent every day. Chalk it up as yet another broken promise from those who brought us Obamacare. Repealing this redefinition [of ‘full-time employment’] and restoring it to the historical norm ensures this bill not only protects working poor and middle class employees, it also ensures that laws governing employment are consistent.”
Other Republican Congressmen who have signed on to the bill as co-sponsors also claim on Young’s site that Obamacare has been causing the loss of full time jobs since it was passed in 2010 and predict even greater losses now that it is nearly fully implemented.
They continue to make these claims even though the evidence has been against them all along showing that not only are employers not switching from full-time jobs to part-time jobs but the number of part-time jobs has been decreasing since the law was passed as shown in the chart below from the Economic Policy Institute.
It is not at all unusual for Republicans to ignore inconvenient facts, they do it all the time, for example the CBO report on Obamacare earlier this month. They said that it said that over 2 million jobs would be lost as a direct result of the law and continue to say that even though Director Douglas Elmendorf came forward immediately to say that the findings in the report were being misrepresented and that the law would actually reduce unemployment.
It will be interesting to see how they spin this report from that same CBO which says:
“As a result of those changes in who would pay penalties and what amounts they would have to pay, CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that enacting H.R. 2575 would change the sources of health insurance coverage for some people. Specifically, in most years over the 2015-2024 period, CBO and JCT estimate that the legislation would:
- Reduce the number of people receiving employment-based coverage—by about 1 million people;
- Increase the number of people obtaining coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or health insurance exchanges—by between 500,000 and 1 million people; and
- Increase the number of uninsured—by less than 500,000 people.”
The report also estimates that passage of this bill would increase budget deficits by $25.4 billion between 2015 and 2019 and by $73.7 billion from 2015-2024. The bill would result in a net increase of $83.0 billion in on-budget costs and $9.3 billion in off-budget savings, due to an increase in revenues.
So there you have it, the Republican plan to “fix” Obamacare, it will cost more in budget deficits and cost 1 million workers their employer-provided health insurance all in the name of “saving American workers.”
h/t: Daily Kos