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President Barack Obama and House Republican Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) gesture while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) look on during a meeting of bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate.
No, you can't reason with him.
In last week's State of the Union address, President Obama jokingly chided House Republicans for the more than 40 Obamacare repeal votes they've taken. “The first forty were plenty,” Obama said. “We got it.” Apparently, House Republicans don't think so, and are pretty much thumbing their nose at the president. As usual.
The House Ways & Means Committee will meet Tuesday morning to mark up two ObamaCare bills that could be heading to the House floor in the coming weeks.

One of these is the Save American Workers (SAW) Act, H.R. 2575, which would repeal ObamaCare's definition of "full-time employee." The law requires companies to offer health plans to their workers when they have more than 50 full-time employees, and says anyone working 30 or hour hours a week is classified as full time. [...]

Ways & Means will also consider H.R. 3979, which would eliminate a requirement that municipalities treat volunteer firefighters as employees who must be offered health insurance. The sponsor of this bill, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), says the IRS has indicated it will treat these volunteer workers as full time workers, which would mean they must be offered insurance.

There's no reason to expect a slowdown anytime soon on the repeal votes from Republicans. There are hundreds of provisions in the law they can target, and so far they've only gotten to a few dozen. And if they actually want to be fixing stuff in the law, there are issues that are a lot more pressing than the volunteer firefighter problem, which is unlikely to affect very many municipalities, because how many fire departments have 50 volunteers working more than 30 hours a week? Not too many. But, hey, it sounds like good politics.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:03 AM PST.

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