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Steve Daines: Job Killer

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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.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a sixteen 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. 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.

When school is in session, my posts will often be auto-scheduled to appear later in the day.

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