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Democrat WA 7

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  • Save American Workers Act of 2015

    by Representative Jim McDermott

    Posted on 2015-01-08

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    McDERMOTT asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, I associate myself with the remarks of the minority whip. He gave you all the facts and figures.



    Let me tell you what this is really about. This is the 54th time that the Republicans have come out here to end the Affordable Care Act. This one is an assault on the employer mandate. You cannot have a bill without an employer mandate.

    Now, we had to pick a time. Lots of employers in this country right now without any Federal law are giving insurance to their people down to 30 hours. So we said, ``All right, let's make that full time.'' What the business community said they were supporting, they really weren't supporting, and they are in here to get rid of it.

    This bill is the blueprint for business to shift all their employees on to the government, very simply. Close the building at 4 p.m. Now, everybody has only worked 39 hours, right? Go home.

    Now, the office doesn't have to offer them any health insurance under the law. They have to go over to the exchange, get involved in Medicaid, get involved in the exchanges and getting subsidies and all of that, which you are going to pay for. You are going to pay for that by letting the employers get out from under paying it and shifting it on to the Federal Government. That is what this is all about.

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank Mr. Ryan for his generous step toward a single-payer system. When the American people find out that their business can now take their insurance away if they don't work 40 hours, they are going to say to themselves, ``Well, then I am in this Federal Government thing. Why isn't everybody in that?'' You are heading down the road of a single-payer system because if you don't have a mandate for employers to cover their workers, you are simply saying, ``Well, the employers don't have to care anymore.'' Who is going to care? Well, the Republicans certainly aren't going to care. You all know that without being told.

    Ultimately, politically, this is going to come to bite you because what you are doing is excluding and telling big business, ``You don't have to follow an employer mandate.'' It is a bad bill. Vote ``No.'' Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Louisiana (Mr. Boustany), a member of the Committee on Ways and Means.

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