Republicans have a complaint, but won’t let Democrats fix it.

Democrats: “Help us help you.”
Republicans: “No.”

Republicans have been so desperate to criticize the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that they have repeatedly gone so far as to make things up.  However, recently they’ve found a ruby in their mountain of rocks and uncovered a legitimate complaint.

The problem is that under the law clergy and church employees at smaller churches cannot apply their Obamacare subsidies toward the premiums for church insurance plans because those plans do not qualify. That could force clergy and staff to leave their church insurance plans and use the Obamacare exchanges instead, threatening to rob church insurance plans of the participants they need to remain viable.

This is true, and boy, has the GOP used this one fair criticism to rail on about how all of Obamacare is broken.  Being a legitimate problem, the Democrats are saying they will fix it:

Legislation by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Chris Coons (D-DE) would fix this problem by allowing Obamacare premium subsidies to be applied toward church plans that meet coverage requirements. It would also deem qualified church plans as satisfying the law’s coverage mandates.

Makes sense.  The Republicans have a legit issue, the Democrats agree and want to fix it.  Bipartisan cooperation at last!  Wait, what’s that, Republican party?

An effort by Democrats to fix a glitch under Obamacare that harms small churches is widely expected to be blocked by Republicans, in what would be the latest example of GOP efforts to undermine President Obama’s signature legislative achievement by refusing to fix technical problems encountered during implementation.


“We’re not expecting it to get a vote — at least not anytime soon,” said Coons spokesman Ian Koski. “The climate is such right now that Republicans would rather repeal the law than fix it. They’re more interested in leaving this loophole open as part of their strategy to undermine the Affordable Care Act. They can go out there now and say the Affordable Care Act is bad for churches instead of working with us to fix the problem.”

And the GOP wonders why it’s presently boned in federal elections.  Maybe it’s shit like this: willingness to leave problems unfixed (i.e. not do their jobs) in order to secure job security.  I don’t know if I’m more hacked of at Republicans, the system that allows for this, or the legions of voters who have been stripped by blind loyalty of the elementary intelligence required to not be taken in by this ploy.

It kind of reminds me of this scene (ironically, the GOP is the black guy):

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Ted Thompson

    I’d be surprised, but this kind of legislative idiocy has been top shelf in their bar of bad drinking games for awhile.

  • baal

    Stuff like this is why I argue that the (R) at the national level really don’t have any desire than to hurt the country as much as possible while Obama is in the white house.

  • Zugswang

    If Dems are smart, they’d leverage this as an attack point and turn the assumption that the GOP is the Jesus party on its head.

    • baal

      The National Democrats seem to have a collective emotional problem. They nearly never openly contradict the (R) and seem to pass by political opportunity after political opportunity.

    • Artor

      “If Dems were smart…” Yeah, I won’t be holding my breath. They have opportunities like this handed to them on a regular basis. Hear that uproar? *crickets*

      • Zinc Avenger

        At some point you’ve got to wonder if it is cowardice, incompetence, or something else entirely.

        When your opponents are determinedly machine-gunning themselves in both feet and fighting over the gun to be the one who gets to blow their own limbs off next, what sort of idiot do you have to be to manage to avoid to take advantage of it? How do you get to any political office without learning how to turn an opponent’s mistake into your gain?

        I’ve long since formulated the opinion that there are more opportunities for personal gain in a system where the balance of power can be swayed with the lightest touch, and that’s why the Dems don’t push when the Republicans do something stupid, lest they accidentally win and the entire racket comes crashing down. This also happens to explain how you can run a sitting president against a styrofoam cut-out with executive hair (and a well publicized lying habit) and still come as close as the 2012 election was.