It’s no secret that the Republican Party has endeavored to sink President Obama’s primary legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, since before its inception and by any means necessary, or that the conservative establishment has harnessed tea-party fervor and made the repeal of “Obamacare” and the ousting of President Obama from office their main objective. In light of these goals, the objections to the legislation have echoed the usual conservative concerns over “socialized”
Moreover, it appears that the latest installation of GOP obstruction (the “Save American Workers Act”) is aimed to redefine “full time” employment under the ACA by seeking to increase the threshold of “full time” employment (from 30 to 40 hours of work per week) all in an effort to further embattle the Obama administration in obstructionist tweaking of the ACA. However, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), these new provisions would effectively allow more businesses to circumvent the employer mandate in the ACA and, as it turns out, increase the deficit by $74 billion, as well as allowing for several other disastrous effects.
The “Save American Workers Act,” would cause one million workers to lose their work-based insurance policies. Half would be forced into either an ACA plan, Medicaid or SCHIP. The other half wouldn’t get any health insurance at all…It gets worse. Due to the provision loosening the penalty for not complying with the law, the deficit would go up by $74 billion.