Makes sense

Telling businesses they can forget about paying their taxes has created so many jobs already, right? And really, shouldn’t old people just die on the street in a cardboard box?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to make it harder for hundreds of thousands of people to qualify for Medicaid under the president’s health care overhaul.

Lawmakers voted 262-157 to include Social Security and railroad retirement benefits in the formula that determines whether people qualify for the aid.

The Congressional Budget Office says that would knock 500,000 to 1 million people off coverage by the federal insurance program for the poor — though some would qualify to buy coverage under new insurance exchanges.

The budget office has estimated the change would save about $13 billion over the next decade.

The House wants to use those savings to pay for the repeal of a law that pressures government contactors to fully pay their taxes.

3 thoughts on “Makes sense

  1. You know what’s funny? The 3% withholding was repealed so, in the Gospel According to John (Boehner), it has to be paid for by cuts somewhere else, so, obviously, the place to cut is medical care for the poorest. So far, so good.

    BUT: that withholding requirement was on the books but not implemented. It was going to be implemented in 2014. So the money didn’t actually exist yet. But it had to be cut from the poor anyway.

    You couldn’t make this shit up.

  2. quixote, actually you can make this shit up just like the Congress did in this case and Obama went along with without saying a word. That’s because our politicians know that the public never finds the pea under the correct shell. And the public has for so long failed to find that pea they’ve just given up even caring.

  3. I guess, to be more precise, I should have said you can’t make this shit up unless you’re in the Capitol or the White House. :-S

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