Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Poison Pill

The Republicans have complained about Obamacare, they’ve tried to repeal it, they’ve shed crocodile tears over the bungled start-up, but they’ve never come up with any alternatives or even offers to help tweak it.  Until now.

Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) came up with a fix to change the definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 in order to help businesses with the requirement to cover full-time employees.

The problem with the little tweak is that it sucks.

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 legislation would also lower the amount the federal government collects in penalties from businesses who don’t abide by the employer mandate. As a result, the report found, the deficit would go up by $74 billion over 10 years.

Whoops.  But in reality, the Republicans don’t want everybody to have health insurance anyway because they’ll just use it to buy T-bones and have abortions.  Or something.

Seriously, what this “fix” does is make the law worse so the GOP can say how terrible it is and then try to put things back to the way they were.  That was the idea all along.