The Republican Party is the champions of taxpayers, small businesses, and the common man. Except of course for when they create policies that actually hurt taxpayers, most small businesses, and the common woman. So it comes as no surprise that in trying to pass the “Super Hyde” bill that is the “No Taxpayer Funded Abortions” section of H.R. 3, it in fact so restricts insurance coverage that it actually will raise taxes. What is surprising is that it took so long for someone in congress to attack the GOP for it.
Luckily, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is speaking up.
Via Think Progress:
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: This is nothing short of a tax increase, I mean we have to call it exactly what it is. The Republicans are proposing a tax increase on all women because in their anti-women legislation H.R.3, they would take away the tax benefit from all small businesses if their health insurance offers abortion coverage which 87 percent of them do. So essentially they are saying if you are a small business owner and you offer your employees insurance and that policy covers abortion, then you will not be able to benefit from the tax credits that the Affordable Care Act allows you and also that you can already take by offering insurance to your employees.
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It’s outrageous. The Republicans are maintaining and proponents of this legislation are maintaining that all they are doing is codifying the status quo and prohibiting federal funding of abortions. This legislation goes much further. It reaches deep into the personal lives of all American women, of all small business owners and twists the Republican nose into the business of people who need insurance and also small business owners who want to provide coverage for their employees.
Apparently when the GOP says they don’t want to raise taxes, they just mean taxes for men. Being female has now gone from being a pre-existing condition under the old health care system to being a taxable condition under the new regime.