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Opinion: Selling out for big business – business as usual on Capitol Hill

Wendell Potter
Wendell Potter

Former CIGNA executive-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter is writing about the health care industry and the ongoing battle for health reform for the Center for Public Integrity.

In coming weeks, we can expect the Republican-controlled Congress to push two Obamacare bills that would hike profits for some businesses. What we can’t expect, from either Republicans or Democrats, unfortunately, is any effort to help families, even those with insurance, to stay out of bankruptcy court because of mounting medical bills.

Another inevitable attempt to repeal the whole law won’t go anywhere because there are still enough Democrats in the Senate to block it. But the bills to assist businesses — especially those that make generous campaign contributions — just might reach the President’s desk.

One of those measures would redefine a full-time worker under Obamacare’s employer mandate provision from someone who works 30 hours a week to one who works 40 hours weekly. The other piece of legislation would repeal the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that helps pay for expanding coverage to the previously uninsured.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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