Friday, January 9, 2015

Which 12 Democrats Just Voted with the GOP to Weaken the ACA?

Yesterday, the House GOP decided to bring up their deceptively titled Save American Workers Act of 2015.

Rather than "saving American workers" (since when did the GOP ever care about that?), it attempts to weaken the Affordable Care Act.

Specifically, it raises the threshold for full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week.

This change, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would increase the number of uninsured by up to 500,000 and increase budget deficits by $18.1 billion over the 2015-2020 period and by $53.2 billion over the 2015-2025 period.

It passed 252 to 172.

12 Democrats voted with the GOP:

Brad Ashford (NE-02)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Gwen Graham (FL-02)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

The bill did not receive enough votes to override a veto, so, even though it might pass the Senate, it's not ultimately going anywhere.

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