Skip to comments.White House: When you think about it, 2.5M fewer people working because of ObamaCare is good news
Posted on 02/04/2014 1:37:39 PM PST by SeekAndFind
I’m done, guys. If we’ve reached the stage of welfare-state decadence where it’s a selling point for a new entitlement that it discourages able-bodied people from working, there’s no reason to keep going. We’ve lost, decisively.
As a great man once said, remember me as I am — filled with murderous rage.
In a statement and conference call featuring top administration officials, the White House tried to beat back an emerging narrative that the CBO report supported claims made by health care reform critics. The CBO report says the Affordable Care Act could lead to a reduction of 2 million full-time workers between 2017 and 2024. The CBO says the reduction would not come via fewer available full-time jobs (as critics of the law have alleged) but almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply.…
To put that in context, I have no doubt that if we eliminated Social Security and eliminated Medicare, there would be many 95-year-olds that would choose to work more hours than theyre working today just so they could survive, feed themselves and have health insurance, the official said.
The CBOs projected reduction in full-time workers, then, shouldnt be a significant cause for surprise and it reflects the fact that workers have a new set of options and are making the best choices that they can choose to make for themselves given those options, the official said.
In other words, it’s not that employers will be offering 2.5 million fewer jobs. It’s that ObamaCare, by subsidizing low earners and expanding Medicaid for the very poor, will incentivize 2.5 million people not to work. Or, if you prefer:
The message from this WH presser: ACA gives workers more choices, including the option to work less.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) February 4, 2014
Billions upon billions of dollars in economic productivity up in smoke as workers who’ve stuck with their jobs for the health insurance quit and take a subsidies check from Uncle Sam instead. To the White House, which otherwise bleats about “growth” at every opportunity, this is a feature of the law, not a bug. WaPo’s fact-checker even rushed out a piece this afternoon in defense of their position. The law’s not destroying 2.5 million jobs, says Glenn Kessler, it’s merely inviting 2.5 million employees to quit. How much does it matter to growth, though, if the labor force shrinks on the demand side versus the supply side? Will all, or most, of the vacated positions be filled by younger workers or will they evaporate as businesses downsize (or close down)? If giving people more “choice” in whether to be employed or not is now our cardinal social good, we might as well go for a guaranteed minimum income and clear out all the wage slaves. Let’s see how small we can get the labor force before the wheels come off the economy.
Don’t act surprised, either. Nancy told you this was coming. Look on the bright side: If fewer people working is a sign of economic success, the Obama presidency will be remembered as a golden age.
Nancy Pelosi said this a few years ago while selling the bill. Passing Obamacare would free you from the drudgery of having to have a job.
To a liberal, working is a bad thing..a good thing is having more people collecting Govt treats which means more people voting Dem
Now that is some WORLD CLASS spin~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve heard of twisted logic but this is twwwwwiiiiisssstttteddd logic.
“The Simpsons” Treehouse of Horror X (TV Episode 1999)
“Lisa, I want you to remember me just as I am right now, filled with murderous rage.”
Like being a House 'critter.
This is all about building a permanent voting constituency dependent on government benefits.
So the decline in employment is a natural benefit of Obamacare?
“...I have no doubt that if we eliminated Social Security and eliminated Medicare,
there would be many 95-year-olds that would choose to work more hours
than theyre working today just so they could survive...”
What kind of horseshit is that?
I believe that is one of their “givens” on the left,
that true freedom is only found in the ability not to have to provide for yourself.
Two things I’ve never understood about Democrats/Liberals/Socialists:
a. Why haven’t they aborted themselves out of existence yet?
b. What happens when the tax dollars that pay for all this ‘free’ chit run out?
Because abortion lovers only want OTHERS to be aborted, they would never abort themselves for the “Cause”
And the money for Medicaid and subsidies which allow these people all this free time will be provided by the insurance fairy.
If King Obama could discourage everyone from looking
for work he could attain an unemployment rate of 0%.
The administration is claiming the loss of jobs from obamacare is a good thing because people will no longer be tied to a job. In other words, they want people unemployed and on the fedgov dole.
How about they give us MORE Obamacare so none of us have to work!
Until the government runs out of money. Then whatever will they do?