Steve Daines: Job Killer


While Representative Steve Daines won’t answer questions about his history of supporting the530842893aae2.preview-699 outsourcing of American jobs to China, he probably should answer questions about his decision to co-sponsor legislation that would have cost one million people their health care coverage and increased the deficit by $74 billion dollars.

Talking Points Memo reports that, in yet another Republican effort to reform/reduce/reimagine the Affordable Care Act, 200+ Republicans in the House, including Daines, want to pass a bill to change the definition of a full-time work week from 30 hours to 40 hours. That, according to the CBO, would be a disaster:

An analysis of the bill, released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation, found that it would cause 1 million people to lose their employer-based insurance coverage. The report projected that more than 500,000 of them would end up getting coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Care Program or the Obamacare exchanges. The rest, CBO and JCT said, would become uninsured.

The legislation would also lower the amount the federal government collects in penalties from businesses who don’t abide by the employer mandate. As a result, the report found, the deficit would go up by $74 billion over 10 years.

It’s time for Mr. Daines to buck the TEA Party extremists who run the House and start representing Montana voters.

If you appreciate our efforts to hold Montana Republicans accountable and the independent journalism here at The Montana Post, please consider supporting our work with a small pledge.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

Leave a Reply

1 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
son of anarchy Recent comment authors
Notify of
son of anarchy
son of anarchy

Hey Don, If you like your 30 hour fulltime workweek you can keep it! (winkyface).

Support Our Work!


What would be the most appropriate nickname for Matt Rosendale?

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe Via E-mail

0 /* ]]> */