The legislation, offered by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) and 208 co-sponsors as a tweak to Obamacare, would change the definition of a full-time work week under the health care law from 30 hours per week to 40 hours. The aim was to mitigate the effect of the law's employer mandate, which says businesses with 50 or more workers must offer insurance to full-time employees.On top of that, the bill would increase the deficit by $74 billion over 10 years. Between the deficit and the harm to workers, it's a perfect demonstration of real Republican values: Let businesses off the hook in the name of helping workers, care about the deficit only when it's an argument for cutting the safety net, and always, always, try to destroy Obamacare.
An analysis of the bill, released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation, found that it would cause 1 million people to lose their employer-based insurance coverage. The report projected that more than 500,000 of them would end up getting coverage through Medicaid, the Children's Health Care Program or the Obamacare exchanges. The rest, CBO and JCT said, would become uninsured.
The bill has 208 co-sponsors and is expected to come for a House vote soon. Gee, what will John Boehner do with this one?