Save American Workers Act of 2015by Representative Debbie Dingell
Posted on 2015-01-08
DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 30, the so-
called Save American Workers Act. I continue to have high hopes for
bipartisanship and working across the aisle, but am very disappointed
that the Republican majority brought up another partisan bill to
undermine the Affordable Care Act, just when this landmark law is
finally delivering for Americans. In fact, we just saw real evidence of
the success of the law--the uninsured rate dropped to 12.9 percent in
the fourth quarter of 2014, down from 17.1 percent in 2013.
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but H.R. 30 is not the way to fix it. While it might seem like common sense idea to raise the threshold for ACA employer coverage to 40 hours a week from 30 hours a week, this misguided legislation would give employers a greater incentive to cut workers hours. Experts at UC Berkeley estimate that this policy would result in 6.5 million workers being vulnerable to cuts in their work hours. Furthermore, this legislation would increase the deficit by $45.7 billion. We need to build off the successes of the Affordable Care Act, not roll them back.
I hope the 114th Congress can come back soon to consider real reforms to our health care system that increases access to care, reduces costs, and decreases the deficit. H.R. 30 does none of those things, so I urge my colleagues to join me in opposing it.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. All time for debate has expired.
Pursuant to House Resolution 19, the previous question is ordered on the bill.
The question is on the engrossment and third reading of the bill.
The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, and was read the third time.
Motion to Recommit Mr. BECERRA. Mr. Speaker, I have a motion to recommit at the desk.