Obama Drops The Veto Hammer On Republican Plan To Take Healthcare Away From Millions

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The White House announced today that President Obama will veto a Republican plan that will take away health insurance from one million Americans by restoring the 40-hour work week.

In a statement, the White House said,

The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act, because it would significantly increase the deficit, reduce the number of Americans with employer-based health insurance coverage, and create incentives for employers to shift their employees to part-time work – causing the problem it intends to solve. Rather than attempting once again to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, which the House has tried to do over 50 times, it is time for the Congress to stop fighting old political battles and join the President in forwarding an agenda focused on providing greater economic opportunity and security for middle class families and all those working to be a part of the middle class.

This legislation would weaken a provision of the Affordable Care Act designed to maintain employer-based health insurance coverage, protect their employees, and prevent employers’ health benefit costs from being shifted to taxpayers. According to the July estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, it would increase the budget deficit by $45.7 billion over the 2015 to 2024 period, reduce the number of people receiving employer-based health insurance coverage, and increase the number of individuals who are uninsured. While the Administration appreciates the concerns that result from the current 30-hour definition of full-time work, there is no evidence that this has caused a broad shift to part-time work to date. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since the Affordable Care Act became law, more than 90 percent of the increase in employment has been in full-time jobs, and over that time, the economy has added 10.8 million private-sector jobs. Furthermore, by moving the threshold to 40 hours, this legislation could cause the problem it claims to solve by greatly increasing the number of workers for whom employers may have an incentive to reduce hours to avoid the requirement.

The Affordable Care Act gives people greater control over their own health care. Since 2013, estimates show that about 10 million Americans have gained health coverage. Nearly 6.5 million have renewed or newly signed up for health insurance coverage through the Federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces to date, and open enrollment continues through February 15. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans who have previously been denied coverage due to a pre-existing medical condition now have access to coverage. Additionally, the law allows millions of young Americans to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, and provides access to free preventive care like cancer screenings that can catch illness early on. Equally important, the Affordable Care Act has contributed to the slowest growth in the prices of health care goods and services in 50 years.

While the Administration welcomes ideas to improve the law, H.R. 30 would shift costs to taxpayers, put workers’ hours at risk, and disrupt health insurance coverage.

If the President were presented with H.R. 30, he would veto it.

A newer CBO estimate than the one cited by the White House found that the Republican bill would increase the deficit by $53 billion.

In February of 2014, the CBO found that the Republican plan to “restore the 40 hour work week” would take away health insurance from 1 million workers. Since the CBO analysis was done almost a year ago, the number of people likely to lose their insurance is higher today.


The real world impact of what Boehner and McConnell are trying to do is take away health care from 1 million or more Americans, half of which would have to get coverage through Medicaid, CHIP, or the health insurance exchanges. The other 500,000 people would be left without access to healthcare. Republicans do not have the votes to override a presidential veto, which means that two of their first three pieces of legislation will be killed by President Obama.

Obama isn’t just threatening to veto the Republican agenda. He is dropping the veto hammer on the GOP in a rapid fire manner. The message to Boehner and McConnell is clear. They obstructed this president for six years. It is payback time, and anything that the Republicans want to pass will have to go through President Obama.

28 Replies to “Obama Drops The Veto Hammer On Republican Plan To Take Healthcare Away From Millions”

  1. Don’t you love how the GOP names their bills with monikers that mean the exact opposite of what the bill will do? They are masters of deceit and lies. Call them out, Mr. President! Payback time indeed!

  2. Go on with your bad self, Mr. President! Show ’em what your made of!

    What’s so sad about this is that many of the people who have acquired access to insurance, tanks to Obama, turned around and voted Republican!
    Now, those very politicians want to take it away! Stupidity knows no bounds

  3. The Republicans are already on the move to put ALEC and the Koch brothers’ agenda into laws, hurting the poor and especially the middle class. Thank you low information voters and you who did not vote in these midterms for this onslaught of evil legislation. Thankfully, President Obama is not afraid to use his veto power.

  4. I am all for the ACA, but my son worked at Goodwill and they dropped people’s hours from 39 to avoid providing healthcare, to 29 hours to avoid providing health care. These worker were mostly single mothers and making $8.50 an hour. They already qualified for Medicaid, so it only caused them to lose hours and thus to lose their homes because they could no longer afford their rent. There must be a way to stop these unscrupulous employers.

  5. I never thought that the US would be the worst country in the industrial world to be a poor person (lower middleclass and working class)as a citizen.

  6. How can you not believe it? They only have provided evidence over the past 40 years to turn you into serfs.

  7. Thanks to “moderate” Reagan. That’s when the downward spiral in this country began.

    Now they’re trying that same marketing tactic for Jebbie Bush, hoping we’re stupid enough to fall for it a second (or is it third?) time.

    With a master-campaigner like Barack Obama who will be leaving the White House in 2017, we can hold on to the White House and the Senate for the foreseeable future until 2020 when we can redraw districts and stop the gerrymandering.

    Hopefully, and with Barack Obama out of the White House and who can then concentrate on getting the vote out, the snoozing American citizen will get out, register, and vote out Republicans in governorships and legislatures across the country. Hopefully.

  8. If they ever name a bill “Bend over because we are going to fuk you” more than likely that bill will help the middle class and wipe out poverty

  9. Reagan’s VP, George H.W.Bush, was the power behind the throne. Just like dick Cheney was for his son.

  10. What is needed is to simply require employers to pay for ALL benefits (health care, etc) on an hour by hour basis. This way companies will have no incentive to short workers hours but schedule temp and part time as needed for legitimate reasons. People who end up in part time work can combine with another job to pay their premiums (get it themselves) or those who want part time can get their own insurance and pay the rest out of their own pockets just like the self employed. Of course the easiest is just medicare for all.

  11. here we go folks!!! let the rightwing insanity begin. new GOP congress in session just two days and there is a full blown GOP civil war raging, revenge plotting by the speaker and they have started their plan to TRY to undo everything Obama and dems have accomplished on the last six years. its not a matter of if but when with these anti-american rightwing bastards. congrats America! and now we learned the GOP is trying to make cuts to homeland security funding- this after what has just happened in france!!! WTF!!! THANK GOD OBAMA HAS THAT VETO!!! we must watch these treasonous republicans very closely and shine a spotlight on the rightwing cockroaches who wish to tear down what Obama and the dems have built up. we can make it two years. no problem. Obama will have these GOP clowns going in circles. we will keep a very tight lid on this new GOP majority until 2016 when dems keep the white house and retake the senate. folks it starts now!! madam president has a great ring to, doesn’t it…

  12. I Told You They Were Out to Screw You
    I guess it was back in the mid-nineties, before all that impeachment nonsense, when it first began to dawn on me that the Republican Party was really just an unbelievably malevolent force that never said what it meant and whose intentions were always worse than a normal person would consider feasible. This is no longer news to a growing percentage of the country, particularly those in the media who actually have to cover and understand policy. For today’s examples, all you have to do is look at how they want to “fix” the problem with Obamacare incentivizing businesses to give their employees less than thirty-five hours of work a week and how they want to “fix” the shortfall in Social Security revenues by refusing to allow a transfer from the Trust Fund.

    If you understand the double game they are playing in both of these cases, you’re enlightened like Yoda.

    Unfortunately, you’ll now be condemned to look at this country of 300 million people as a nation of rubes who continue to fall for this shit despite all our efforts to reason with them.

  13. Increase the deficit is the only thing republicans know how to do well, regardless of their deceptive fairy tale monikers for those measures.

    Forget erectyle disfunction, someone invent a pill for electile disfunction, meaning if it wasn’t for such voter ignorance …there would be no GOP.

  14. That employers provide health insurance is insane. It was something instituted during WW2 to lure folks to come work for them when labor was scarce at that time. It needs to be replaced with universal healthcare/medicare for all, instead of letting employers tell you what you can and cannot have with their insurance plans

  15. Newt Gingrich started his “Contract ON America” long before he was thrown from the den of snakes by the other snakes.

  16. The Bush family must really hate this country with all that they are because they’ve been consistently hellbent to destroy it every chance they get.

  17. For 5 years republicons did everything in their power to stop the president from doing good things for the country. They may have the majority in both houses, but now, the president is going to use HIS executive POWER to stop them from enacting their evil agenda.

    Good Job Mr. president! Thank You.

  18. Very well said.

    It’s like some evil force has put blinders over the eyes, hearts and minds of the American people.

    WWII showed us what can happen when a Nation falls for the lies and propaganda of a party with evil intentions……

  19. VIDEO: Republican Governor Caught On Tape Demolishing The Legal Case Against Obamacare

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) spent “nearly two years” studying the Affordable Care Act, according to a live interview he gave to the Wall Street Journal in 2013, and what he discovered was that the central claim in a lawsuit seeking to convince the Supreme Court to gut Obamacare is wrong. Though Walker’s statement was not made in reference to this lawsuit, his understanding of the law has special significance in light of a particular constitutional doctrine at issue in this case, and his reading of the Affordable Care Act directly contradicts that of the lawyers seeking to undermine the law.

  20. The names reagen bush and chneny have a hallow sound ,with no substance ,empty of any and all thinking of any one but them selves.

  21. Yes, this does have a great ring, until the thugs get busy with the voting machines. They fixed this election and are busy very busy trying to figure out how to fix the next.
    The American voters had better NOT sit on their hands the next time or the thugs will take over. we may never see a free America again. These people have had a plan for over 40 years and wish whole heartedly to put it in place.

  22. Republipigs don’t give a damn about hurting average employees. They only care about hurting the success of the Affordable Care Act, damaging our president and damaging Democrats. The Repugnantcans are the most heartless band of selfish, evil people in American political history. But they sure know how to present their “manure agenda” in such a way that a lot of people fall for it. They are only in Congress to serve the interests of the top 1%. They offered NO realistic alternatives to the ACA when it was being debated in Congress. Their “alleged” answers to the problem of having 40 million or 50 million people in the U.S. WITHOUT health insurance was laughably insufficient (medical savings accounts, tort reform). And they KNEW it! They stood against the health care bill because they despise taxes and they despise ANYTHING that would cause people to pay even a cent more in taxes. The health of millions of Americans was not their main concern.

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