A GOP-backed bill to reduce the number of people who qualify for employer-based health insurance under the Affordable Care Act isn’t likely to go far.
That’s because the Obama administration says it will veto the legislation.
Introduced in the House soon after the new Congress convened, the legislation would require employers to offer healthcare coverage to employees who work 40 hours per week, instead of the 30-hour threshold under the reforms known as Obamacare.
Of course, many business groups support the change including the National Retail Federation.
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Representative Paul Ryan, the new House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, says the current 30-hour standard is depriving part-time workers of income.
“There is bipartisan recognition that Obamacare will reduce take-home pay but the president is showing once again that protecting his law is a higher priority than protecting these workers’ wages,” Buck said in a statement.
Indeed, the White House says the bill “would shift costs to taxpayers, put workers’ hours at risk, and disrupt health insurance coverage.”
In other words, even with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, the legislation just doesn’t stand much a chance of becoming law, not, at least, while President Obama remains in the White House.
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Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.