Suddenly, that infamous bill Baucus wrote yet did not read isn’t quite what he thought it was. After over a year of avoiding all encounters with angry Montanans prior to passing sweeping and unpopular health care reforms, Max now says:
“I have heard small businesses loud and clear and I am responding to their concerns. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in my home state of Montana and across the country, and they need to focus their efforts on creating good-paying jobs – not filing paperwork. I have fought hard for small businesses and worked hard this year to pass a Small Business Jobs bill that improves access to capital, stimulates investment and promotes entrepreneurship. It’s my job to work for small business owners in Montana and across the country and that’s exactly what this bill will do.”
Baucus seeks to strip The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act‘s (PPACA)cumbersome requirement that all businesses report payments to and purchases from any business totaling more than $600 in a calendar year. Some 40 million Americans were potentially subject to the requirement, including 26 million sole proprietorships. Wherever will the democrats steal the money to fill the gaping hole surely to be left by removing this provision?
Apparently Max is again looking out for Max. Montana shifted considerably to the right in the mid-term elections and Max knows we blame him for Obamacare. Way to make an effort, Max. Perhaps if you would have read the bill in the first place or, GOD FORBID, held town halls and listening sessions in Montana instead of hiding cowardly beneath your DC desk with your chubby buddy Jon Tester, you would already have known how much people hated this horrible law. How much money would we have saved- or allow me to present this in a more liberal-friendly way- how many trees’ lives could be spared by eliminating this provision from the bill initially? Better yet, by never enacting any of it in the first place? Perhaps Max’s constituents would have preferred he propose enabling insurance companies to sell across state lines and some sweeping TORT reform instead of this monstrosity.
Way too little, way too late, Max. I am still planning a hell of a retirement party for ya in 2014.