November 7, 2014 10:20 pm -

[su_right_ad]They’re trying to make a plan that stinks smell like a rose, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining a plan that would stop a million Americans from receiving health care. They try to make it sound like they’re acting in the best interest of average Americans:

These bills include measures authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will mean lower energy costs for families and more jobs for American workers; the Hire More Heroes Act, legislation encouraging employers to hire more of our nation’s veterans; and a proposal to restore the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment, removing an arbitrary and destructive government barrier to more hours and better pay created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

But the opposite is true. Under the plan

…employers could avoid providing health coverage to workers who put in less than 40 hours a week — up from the law’s current 30-hour threshold.

The move is backed by business groups such as the National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Association. The measure, which would face a presidential veto, would make it easier for employers to shift more workers to part-time status and avoid buying insurance or paying fines under a provision of the law taking effect at the end of the year.

The likely result: A million people would lose employer- paid health care and have to look for subsidized coverage on government insurance exchanges or go on Medicaid, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That’s just the opening round.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

30 responses to Under McConnell-Boehner Plan 1 Million Would Lose Health Care Coverage

  1. Obewon November 7th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    What cheap basturds! Under McConnell’s BoehnerCare Plan 1 M+ lose HC coverage. All the while ‘ObamaCare reduces federal deficits $1.5 trillion+’-CBO updated.

    • granpa.usthai November 7th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      now that the snake oil salesmen have hoodwinked themselves back into power, that statement may not be applicable anymore. Not surprised – only a willfully blinded hate filled White Racist pig could be. (stupid goes without wasting letters).

  2. searambler November 7th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    “These bills include measures authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will mean lower energy costs for families and more jobs for American workers.”

    Bullshit. It will do absolutely nothing to “lower energy costs.” It will only make some oil company slightly richer. Moving Canadian dirty oil through the heart of the USA in order for it to be refined and sold on the world market. How does this benefit the USA? It exposes us to a possible environmental catastrophe for the benefit of a Canadian oil company. And the “more jobs for American workers” line leaves out the numbers. A few thousand temp construction jobs and no guarantee that the workers are US workers.

    The whole thing stinks. Naturally the Republicans are fighting for it tooth and nail. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama caves…..

    • Obewon November 7th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Exactly! Koch Bros KeystoneXL opened in 2010, leaks already and the proposed ‘KXL expansion’ immediately raises US gasoline prices +$.30 cents per gallon by closing mid-West refineries and creates a maximum 50 permanent jobs!

      Big Oil refuses to refine Canadian acidic Bitumen tar sands locally because of Canada’s stricter environmental regulations and ‘Carbon Cap & Trade!’

    • KB723 November 7th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Suit will indeed…

    • granpa.usthai November 7th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      my thoughts also. One bad spill could pollute the entire Ogallala Aquifer system most likely resulting in the USA being forced to buy Chinese recycled H2O just to remain a productive business for their investments. Texas multimillionaires would benefit as Texas would be a port of departure/storage for Canadian Oil on the world market (too expensive for Canadian/USA consumption).Other than the construction of the pipeline itself (mostly being outsourced to China due to the international interest) not a whole lot of opportunity for US Workers. A portable lemonade stand would probably be the best for a successful US entrepreneur.

  3. Tommy6860 November 7th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    These guys are not just heartless assholes, they’re also dumb as a bag of hammers. They think this will help kill the ACA, it won’t, as it would only have an affect on it somewhat. But, the new GOP leadership would also be killing private companies who provide health insurance to their employees who willingly work flexible hours to the benefits of company savings on payrolls. It also wouldn’t make it through the lowest court system on the hypocrisy of excluding the federal allowance to that of private business allowances if the GOP tried to make that caveat of discrimination.

    Companies would lose good employees because the workers would have to find absolute standard full time jobs elsewhere, because the companies affected my not be able to pay for the full time standard hours and offer affordable health benefits.

    • KB723 November 7th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Other than ‘Heartless’ I am not sure you provide am answer???

  4. tiredoftea November 7th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Finally! They have defined their “Repeal and Replace” plan for the ACA. It means they will repeal your healthcare and replace your job with unemployment!

  5. fancypants November 7th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I don’t want to call Boehner a simpleton but he keeps going down that path

  6. Maxx44 November 7th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I wonder how many of the 1 million to lose their health insurance voted Republican?

    • fancypants November 7th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      it would make a good executive order to retract your votes in state elections

    • searambler November 8th, 2014 at 8:48 am

      The pathetic thing is, those Republicans who DO lose their insurance if this plan goes through, will still blame Obama…

      • Not_Phyllis November 8th, 2014 at 8:52 am


    • Suzanne McFly November 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am

      I hope everyone who would lost their insurance is a repub, I know that won’t be fact but I can hope.

  7. KB723 November 7th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Gallows for these two….. Treasonists…..

  8. R J November 8th, 2014 at 12:53 am

    The people that will suffer the most under right wing rule are the inbred sub humans that voted for the right wingers. I for one hope that these low end of the human gene pool right wingers suffer greatly.

    • fahvel November 8th, 2014 at 3:19 am

      are they all that low??? I see the stories about the slugs who vote but if there are that many crawling around the usa, why do you stay?

      • R J November 8th, 2014 at 9:26 am

        This is my country and I refuse to let any right wing sub human run me out of my country. I stay and fight,unlike the Dems in congress that are to scared of the right wingers. I also live in New York,where we use facts and not the bible to govern.

  9. fahvel November 8th, 2014 at 3:17 am

    serious question – if the moves intended by your republican party are so bad or just plain evil, how in the world do these kinds of people get elected? They are elected, not rooted to some cushy chair, right? What kind of citizen votes against their own best interests?

    • OldLefty November 8th, 2014 at 8:21 am

      plain evil, how in the world do these kinds of people get elected?


      1) Few people vote in midterms.
      2) No focus on issues in mid terms. The media focus has been on the horse race since even before the 2012 election.
      3) The people who’s candidate lost in the last presidential election are ALWAYS “more enthusiastic to vote” in the mid terms, while “independents” often make their decision based on TV ads, (favoring the older population as the younger crowd doesn’t even watch TV).

    • Roctuna November 8th, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Mostly it’s the ignorant and the plain-old prejudiced cast those votes. Many are single-issue voters that focus on abortion, guns, gays, or “patriotism”, or all 4 rolled together. Then they take all the bad foreign and economic policies without thinking about the impact.

  10. Larry Schmitt November 8th, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Meanwhile, the congressmen have their own platinum health care plan.

  11. Roger Xavier Jackson November 8th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    In 2 years the racist republican will destroy more white people lives and drive fuel prices to 7$ a gallon than oca. All these proposal is to benefit rich and tank the poor.

  12. Roger Xavier Jackson November 8th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    People have forgotten what happened before, stop the race baiting and divide b/s

  13. OldLefty November 8th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    What I think will be interesting to watch will be the governor’s race in Kentucky, especially if SCOTUS took King because they have the 5 justices to write new legislation, and a Republican governor would discontinue KyNect.

    Would Kentuckians have to acknowledge that their much beloved KyNect IS actually, their much hated “Obamacare”??

  14. William November 8th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    In 2011 turtlehead was the largest recipient of oil and gas campaign money. I’m surprised more people didn’t see this coming.

  15. William November 8th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Oh look. The top 2014 recipient of health industry um.. I mean campaign contributions.

    Surprise, surprise, surprise.

  16. Roctuna November 8th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The Keystone pipeline might, and I emphasize might, lead to slightly lower gasonline prices since it will slightly increase the supply of oil and refined products on the market. It only takes a few dozen workers to lay the pipeline and it’s also likely that those jobs will disappear as soon as the pipeline is completed. The refineries that the oil will go to are already built and staffed so there’s no jobs to had there. What jobs are they lying about?

    • Suzanne McFly November 8th, 2014 at 11:52 am

      A whole 35 jobs is estimated. It is more like a Keystone pipedream, gas prices won’t go down and this gas isn’t even guaranteed to be used here, it is a free market and the highest price will always win.