We have all had the experience of great expectations leading to great disappointment. This should have been the feeling as the House passed a bill Thursday. Many of the candidates for The House and Senate promised to do something about Obamacare. The idea seemed to be that there would be repeated attempts to repeal or defund the mammoth healthcare tax.
Thursday, the House passed a bill that will change the work week in Obamacare from 30 hours a week to 40 hours. This will exempt more people from Obamacare. Having the effect of more hours for millions of part-time workers. Good news for those workers who are working their way through school or who have had to take a second job to make ends meet.
Yet, is it good news for those who expected to see the congress work to repeal or defund the legislation? Well, yes and no. The issue for the Congress is that an outright attack on Obamacare would likely end in a veto. Besides the apparent futility of a full frontal assault on Obamacare, there is the benefit of testing the waters.
For Republicans to be successful in their attempts on Obamacare, they have to drum up a sizable Democrat vote. Anything they seek to do to Obamacare, will need a supermajority to get around the president and his veto pen. Currently, they only received 12 Democratic votes. That leads to the “no” portion of my answer. This helped them to a sizable majority but not a supermajority.
It also can be said that with small changes, the Obamacare can be made to be of no real effect.
There were, of course, detractors to the bill. They claim that it scraps the traditional work week. The bill, they claim, will take money out of the pockets of working families. The only result of this bill would be to cheat working families out of an hour each week. That’s what bothers them?
The argument points to the fact that Democrats are comfortable on both sides of the fence. It is funny that these people cannot see this logic with the 30-hour work week. Why does it not bother them that employers can hire more people and cut 11 hours a week per employee in order to avoid the capital destroying law, but they are up in arms over one hour.
It is simple. With the one-hour cut, employees will not lose their jobs. The employers of Americans with the 40-Hour work week can change little and side step the penalties and high insurance premiums that would have put them out of business. This exempts many that formally would have had to shuffle their employees and hired workers at part-time hours to get by the law.
Though this seems like a small deal, it is a good bill. It may not be the quick death of Obamacare we all hoped, but a death by a thousand paper cuts is better than nothing. Now if it can get past that promised pen of the President, America might have hope to survive.