Anti-GOP ads: Not so ‘Merry Christmas’ for unemployed
December 26th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
9 years ago

Anti-GOP ads: Not so ‘Merry Christmas’ for unemployed

(CNN) - The liberal nonprofit group Americans United for Change is using a new TV ad to accuse Republicans of ruining Christmas for the 1.3 million Americans whose unemployment benefits are about to stop.

“To the 1.3 million Americans losing benefits, Merry Christmas, from the GOP,” the ad says. The spot will run Thursday and Friday on national cable TV networks, including CNN, the group said.

The unemployment payments are ending because Congress didn’t pass an extension on the recession-era program that offers benefits for people who still can’t find work even after their state aid runs out. The program expires Saturday.

“For Washington Republicans to Scrooge over a million Americans out of unemployment benefits three days after Christmas takes a lot of nerve and makes little economic sense,” Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, said in a statement.

“All out-of-work Americans and their families got for Christmas from the GOP were lectures about pulling up on their bootstraps a little harder.”

Another 850,000 workers will be missing the program in the first three months of 2014 when their state benefits run out.

A pair of Democratic lawmakers were adamant Thursday in a conference call with reporters that the benefits be extended for three months, and that a way be found to pay for them only afterwards.

"There's a sense that this is indeed a lifeline," said Rep. Sandy Levin of Michigan.

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island also argued that eliminating the benefits will hurt the economy because without the payments, recipients will severely curtail their spending.

The Republican National Committee didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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  1. Tampa Tim

    MS – Do history much? I didn't,t think so.

    December 26, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "What's wrong with it? Under the ACA the "maximum deductible" IS an annual cap."

    Absolutely false. A deductible is a period of 100% self-pay. After the deductible has been met, there is a period of cost-sharing between the policyholder and the insurer, usually at an 80/20 ratio. The annual cap is the sum of the deductible plus the patient's portion incurred during the cost sharing period. To illustrate, assume that a policy has a $2000 per person deductible and a $4000 per person annual cap. The insured is required to pay the first $2,000 of expenses (the deductible). Then the next $10,000 of expenses is split between the insured and the insurer... during this period the insured incurs $2,000 (20% of $10,000) additional expense, bringing his out-of-pocket to the annual cap of $4,000. All expenses ater that are fully covered by the insurer, until the policy year is complete, at which time the accumulators reset to zero and it starts all over.
    My policy says that I have no co-pay for annual check-ups. YOu know what a co-pay for an office visit is, right? My policy says that it covers 100% of certain costs, but only 80% of others. The difference I pay goes toward my deductible that is capped at $xxxx. Once I reach my DEDUCTIBLE CAP, then I pay nothing because the insurance covers 100%, not 80%.

    I am not required to "Pay the first $2000 in expenses." The insurance company picks up at least 80% of some types of expenses. And the types of expenses that this would apply to would be best described as major medical. If that's the deal that you have then Romneycare sucks. You should shop around.

    December 26, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. RonL

    To those of you who believe the people who still need unemployment benefits after 99 weeks are just lazy won't accept low-paying jobs. I have to tell you from my experience you are VERY wrong. I did not need 99 weeks but I did use 80 before finding a job. The only way I was able to find the job was due to me driving by a large outlet store having openings occur shortly before Christmas that year. If I had not been lucky enough to drive by there, I would have probably not been hired. For eighteen months NO ONE would hire me because my previous jobs earned over $50,000 a year and I was over 55 years old. The job I did get was $1.00 over minimum wage and they would only allow me to work 27 hours a week or less. So yes I was on the SNAP program as well. If you want to help these long term unemployed people we need to raise the minimum wage at least $2.50 to$3.50 a hour. Which will add about 2% on the cost of items but get many part time people off of SNAP and actually HELP the economy grow, producing more jobs. And Congress needs to launch a JOBS program rebuilding the infrastructure of the country. This JOBS program could be funded by closing many of the tax loop holes only the very rich get to enjoy. An increase in growth of about 2% per quarter is the ONLY way to get these people back working.

    December 26, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    It always strikes me as funny (in a sort of tragic way) that the GOP aligns itself as being "Christian" especially when it wants to make a policy choice.
    -------------– (sarcasm alert)
    Come on RS. Didn't you hear in church about Jesus strappin' on his gun, grabbin' the food from the hungry, and blaming the sick and poor for their condition and tellin' them not to be free-loaders? Book of the Wealthy 3:18.

    December 26, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Cosmo

    We should try to solve the problem of unemployment with lower taxes and less regulation instead of these mean-spirited left-wing attack ads that solve nothing. The left-wing extremists can only finger point and throw a tantrum all the while offering no real world solutions.

    December 26, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. king

    dems stop fighting for these stupid people, let them come crawling to you. dont you see the trend. the more the economy gets better, the less you guys look in these stupid people eyes., the repubs superior propaganda machine has gotten them hook like a baby. stop stop stop. have some dignity, because you will be blown out this election. so just pray like hell you guys hold on to the senate, or if not, just try to make it not so bad. because it will be devastating in the house for dems, i mean with the gerrymandering, and voter suppression on all fronts.

    December 26, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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