The GOP negotiations with President Obama continue. Some of what the Republicans are demanding is idiotic beyond belief. Dumb. Like, Bette Midler stupid.
In addition to giving the Democrats a debt ceiling increase, the GOP is reportedly demanding this:
In exchange, Republicans were seeking what they called a few “fig leafs” — minor adjustments to Obama’s new health-care initiative. The first would delay for two years a 2.3-percent tax on medical devices that is unpopular in both parties. The second would require internal auditors to ensure that people who get tax subsidies to buy health insurance are in fact eligible.
Another option under consideration but not included in the latest draft would reduce the number of workers required to receive health coverage from an employer, by changing the definition of a full-time worker from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week.
This would be nothing short of incredibly stupid. Make the Democrats own Obamacare in full — it either gets repealed, or nothing. Yes, the medical device tax is going to cost a lot of jobs, but that’s the way Obama’s “signature achievement” was written. Ditto for the number of hours that constitutes “full time.” Even if these things are changed, guess what? Obamacare is still going to be a disaster, but then it will be one the Republicans will have their fingerprints on.
I can already hear Obama, Carney and their water carriers in the press: “Well, it would have worked and the law would have paid for itself just fine if the Republicans hadn’t insisted on screwing with the works just because they hate Obama, don’t want kids to have health care and insisted on tax breaks for big corporations.”
The Republicans are being monumentally dumb by essentially offering Obama, Reid and Pelosi a scapegoat — even an “out” — from full responsibility for the ultimate train wreck that is Obamacare. Not a single Republican voted for the ACA. The Dems own it in full. I’ll personally give John Boehner a pack of smokes and a tin of bronzer if he leaves it that way, but I don’t think he will.