House Republicans passed a bill would take away health insurance from at least 1 million workers by a vote of 252-172.
The deceptively named Save American Workers Act would do the exact opposite. According to the CBO, the Republican backed change in the ACA would cause 1 million workers to lose their private health insurance. Half of the workers impacted would not be able to get new health care coverage so that they would have no health insurance. During the debate on this bill, Republicans trotted out some familiar Obamacare lies.
Twelve Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the bill. No Republicans voted against the bill, and three members voted present.
Paul Ryan claimed that ACA was devised by central planning and had a secret agenda to destroy the economy. House Republicans ignored the fact that the economy is growing at its fastest pace in more than a decade in order to claim that the work week as defined in the ACA is killing jobs. Republicans tried to cover for the fact that all of their predictions concerning the economic impact of the ACA were wrong by suggesting that unless this bill was passed all, the economy was going to crash and burn under the weight of the ACA.
Throughout the debate on the House floor, Democrats tried to inject reality by pointing out to Republicans that they are trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. There is no crushing weight of Obamacare that is harming employees. The real goal behind this bill is not to solve a problem, but to create a new one. Republicans aren’t trying to save American workers. Their mission is to weaken the successful health care law by any means necessary.
President Obama has already threatened to veto the bill, as Republicans may have changed the bill’s name, but their goal wasting time trying to destroy Obamacare remains the same.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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