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07 April 2014

Black Georgia Democrat Abandons Obama, Votes to Repeal ObamaCare's 30-hour Workweek Provision

Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 2575; a bill to redefine a "full-time employee," for purposes of the mandate requiring employers to provide health care coverage for their employees, as an employee who is employed on average at least 40 hours of service a week.

(2nd district Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop was the only black Democrat to vote in favor of repealing the 30-hour workweek provision of ObamaCare. )
Presently, under ObamaCare, businesses must provide health insurance to employees who work at least thirty hours a week.

Republicans say ObamaCare's 30-hour workweek provision creates "an incentive for companies to cut worker hours to less than 30 per week, to stay below the threshold," according to a report in The Hill [Kasperowicz (3 April 2014). House advances bill to end ObamaCare's 30-hour workweek. The Hill. Retrieved on 7 April 2014.

Georgia Congressman Tom Price echoed those sentiments, posting on Facebook, "This bill helps protect Americans from seeing their work hours and wages cut because of Obamacare.

"Under the health care law’s employer mandate, a full-time employee is defined as one who works 30 hours per week. This legislation would prescribe the traditional 40 hour work week. The need for this bipartisan action by Congress is further evidence that the president’s health care law is not only bad health care policy, it has troubling economic consequences for hard working Americans – particularly those earning an hourly wage and living paycheck to paycheck. This legislation is part of a broader effort to increase economic opportunity and financial security for American families," Price wrote.

The floor vote on H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act of 2014, contained few surprises as every Republican voted for the bill and most Democrats voted against the bill.

However, one vote that may raise eyebrows among the liberal chattering class in Georgia is that of 2nd district Congressman Sanford Bishop.

Bishop was one of eighteen Democrats who crossed party lines and supported the Save American Workers Act of 2014. Bishop was the only black Democrat to vote for the bill as well, putting him at odds with the White House who said President Obama would veto the bill if it made it to his desk.

Democrats John Barrow and Sanford Bishop joined all eight Georgia Republicans in voting for H.R. 2575. Hank Johnson, John Lewis, and David Scott voted against the Save American Workers Act of 2014.