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house Bill H.R. 1624

Modifying the Affordable Care Act to Protect the Small Group Market

Argument in favor

This portion of the Affordable Care Act was poorly designed, and this bipartisan change will help businesses of a certain size avoid increases in the cost of providing coverage.

Crystal's Opinion
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09/28/2015
Although I'd like to see this repealed in entirety, modifying it is a good start.
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Greg's Opinion
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10/10/2015
The ACA is a mess - poorly thought out, poorly implemented, and overpriced. Aside from harming more that it helps. The size of the bill, and speed with which it passed reek of political gaming, rather than a responsible attempt to fix a problem. Short of repeal in favor of an effective policy, anything to fix even parts is good
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10/08/2015
For those that vote NAY on this issue, your the same sort that complain about corporations possessing to much power. Please understand that the "evil corporations" are the ones pushing these bills, in the effort to drive out the competition of smaller businesses. Thus tightening there grip on the marketplace.
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Argument opposed

The broader definition of small businesses should be allowed to go forward as scheduled, as there is nothing wrong with the way the Affordable Care Act was written.

DavidCombs's Opinion
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09/28/2015
Our government's primary responsibility is not to protect businesses, but to protect citizens. This legislation only protects the business owner. Rather, rejecting this legislation helps protect employees #51-100 by helping to ensure quality health coverage options. Any additional financial burdens should fall on the business, rather than the employee. As Roosevelt said, "No Business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." In the 21st century, health coverage is a necessary part of a living wage. The greater good in this case is evident.
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Monte's Opinion
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09/28/2015
Repeal the whole thing. It was a bad idea from the start.
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Nikki's Opinion
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09/28/2015
FFS. Leave the ACA and vaginas alone and take care of our vets and poor people. This shit is getting old.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1624?

This bill would include businesses with 51 to 100 employees as large employers in the Affordable Care Act’s definition of large businesses for the purposes of health insurance markets. States would have the option to treat them as small employers so that they can purchase plans from the small group market, as they are currently allowed to let them participate in the large group market.


The current definition of small businesses is set to expand from 1 to 50 employees to 1 to 100 employees in January 2016. This will cause employers of 50 to 100 employees to have obtain new health care plans in the small group market that conform to broader regulations if they offer plans to their employees, which will raise coverage costs.

Impact

Businesses employing between 50 and 100 employees and their workers, state governments, and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1624

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this legislation would increase revenue by about $400 million over the 2015-2025 period.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill was introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) to help maintain the small group market for health insurance as it’s currently structured. Rep. Guthrie added that employees may face unintended consequences if action isn’t taken:

“If this policy is not changed before January, employees will see increased premiums and a disruption in their coverage… Expanding the small group marketplace limits choice and promotes instability in the insurance market.”

There are currently 232 cosponsors who have signed on to support this bill — more than the 218 votes required to pass a bill in the House of Representatives.

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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act

Official Title

To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to revise the definition of small employer.

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  • EnactedOctober 7th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed October 1st, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed September 28th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 25th, 2015

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    Our government's primary responsibility is not to protect businesses, but to protect citizens. This legislation only protects the business owner. Rather, rejecting this legislation helps protect employees #51-100 by helping to ensure quality health coverage options. Any additional financial burdens should fall on the business, rather than the employee. As Roosevelt said, "No Business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." In the 21st century, health coverage is a necessary part of a living wage. The greater good in this case is evident.
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    Repeal the whole thing. It was a bad idea from the start.
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    Although I'd like to see this repealed in entirety, modifying it is a good start.
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    No, it needs to be repealed.
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    The people should be protected, not the businesses. If businesses that don't quite make the cut for small businesses need more help, then find a way to provide it that does not burden the workers.
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    The ACA is a mess - poorly thought out, poorly implemented, and overpriced. Aside from harming more that it helps. The size of the bill, and speed with which it passed reek of political gaming, rather than a responsible attempt to fix a problem. Short of repeal in favor of an effective policy, anything to fix even parts is good
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    FFS. Leave the ACA and vaginas alone and take care of our vets and poor people. This shit is getting old.
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    For those that vote NAY on this issue, your the same sort that complain about corporations possessing to much power. Please understand that the "evil corporations" are the ones pushing these bills, in the effort to drive out the competition of smaller businesses. Thus tightening there grip on the marketplace.
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    No. The ACA should be repealed and replaced. Portability of insurance across state lines should be a part of the new equation, and coverage for some small vulnerable groups should receive consideration. Big-Pharma should not be involved with negotiations until major structural decisions have been made. With every piece of legislation, since this administration took power the first time, exploitation of the middle class has been demonstrated by almost ALL of our politicians, and the WORSE aspects of political activity disguised as compassion. THAT is why the rich got richer, the public overall, particularly the middle class, have suffered.
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    Obamacare needs to be removed.
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    Would rather see the whole bad law repealed!!!
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    The ACA is a horrible law that should be repealed in its entirety. However, incremental changes are better than nothing when protecting Americans from the Democrats.
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    leave the ACA alone and stop the bullshit attacks on the bill
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    the whole ACA needs to be repealed and the free market needs all the support of government to reduce regulatory constraints enabling it to do so.
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    The UCA (Unafordable Careless Act) is garbage, just like the man that pushed it (Obama).
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    It needs to be repealed. Government needs to stay out of it—including its involvement prior to Obamacare. In addition, companies meed to get out of it as well and stop offering it as a benefit. Companies need to give to the employees the amount that they would have given to the insurance companies and let people buy "coverage"'if they wish. Let the market decide the cost of health care.
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    No! The small group called the American taxpayer should be exempt from this Socialist pipe dream!
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    No.
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    Repeal it
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    Modify the Affordable Care Act.. So that it doesn't exist.
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