House Republicans have an awesome new idea on how to be super effective and not obstructionist at all with their time in Washington. It’s … wait for it … repealing Obamacare!!!
I know, betcha didn’t see that one coming, right? It’s only, like, the eleventybillionth time they’ve done that. And they say Democrats don’t have any new ideas?
But what makes this one super-awesome is that it’s called the SAW Act, which is supposed to stand for “Save American Workers,” but since it’s a healthcare-related thing, instead makes everyone think of barbaric Civil War-era field amputations — you know, the kind without anesthesia or antibiotics. Which is kinda how a lot of people without healthcare feel, right? Also: sawing off your access to healthcare is supposed to somehow make you a better worker? I guess!
The bill would raise the number of hours employees could work each week before their employers would have to extend them health insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, if you will — sets the threshold at 30 hours a week; the SAW Act would raise it to 40 hours.
That’s a great idea, because Walmart and Home Depot and those crappy call centers in La Vergne don’t have enough incentive already to under-employ Tennessee workers (read: benefits and healthcare). Now that Obamacare at least gives some workers access to health insurance, House Republicans are trying to snatch that away, too.
Do y’all get the feeling that Republicans just aren’t happy unless workers are completely miserable? I do.
Naturally, Tennessee’s own Rep. Marsha Blackburn has signed on to this going-nowhere-evah atrocity, probably because as she observed this spring, she’s pretty sure people don’t want good wages and benefits, just recognition! The ol’ pat on the back, that’s the incentive we’ve been waiting for!
Um, yeah. Don’t think so, honey.
So Republicans are trying to repeal Obamacare again, and they’ve come up with a truly wretched anagram to sell their idea.
Keep trying, folks!