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How Obamacare Helped Crash the Economy
The Daily Beast ^ | June 25, 2014 | Daniel Gross

Posted on 06/25/2014 7:10:00 PM PDT by lbryce

In the first quarter of 2014, GDP shrunk 2.9 percent and most of the reason is because health-care spending declined. That doesn’t mean we’re in for a recession though. Obamacare did help crash the economy. Only not in the way its critics thought it would.

The Commerce Department on Wednesday revised the growth figures for the first quarter of 2014, and concluded that the economy shrunk at a 2.9 percent annual rate. This comes a month after the government slashed its initial estimate from an annual growth rate of .1 percent to a decline of 1.0 percent. At the time, I called it a hiccup rather than a heart attack.

That was some hiccup.

At first blush, the substantial downward revision is something of a mystery. The U.S. economy didn’t suffer from any major shocks. There was no threat of default, government shutdown, huge cuts in government spending, or sharp tax increases. No major financial institution failed.

Throughout the winter and spring, companies warned that the brutal weather—the disruptive snowstorms, the arctic cold—would have a dampening effect on economic activity. And the weather definitely played a role in stalling the main engine of the U.S. economy—the American consumer.

The BEA breaks down sectors by their contribution to GDP. Personal consumption expenditures—people buying stuff—grew at a meager one percent rate in the first quarter. And that had a significant impact on businesses. When companies add to inventories—i.e. they sell stuff and then order more stuff in anticipation of higher sales down the rate—at a strong rate, it adds to GDP. When they don’t restock depleted inventories, it detracts from growth.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; gdp; obama; obamacare; recession
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That ObamaCare helped crash the economy is not in the least bit news.The plain and simple fact is that ObamaCare was specifically designed to do just that. To cause as much damage to the economy as possible. As if Obama gives a Demo'rat's behind about the health of the American people or its economy.

1 posted on 06/25/2014 7:10:00 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

But HuffPo said Obamacare helped save the economy! How can this be?

-2.9%. We’re going backwards and the MSM press still tries to spin it.


2 posted on 06/25/2014 7:31:44 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: lbryce
I'm not so sure about that. ObamaCare can't really crash the economy unless it completely fouls up market fundamentals. I don't doubt that the Obama administration is capable of doing that, but the health insurance industry was so fouled up even before ObamaCare that I don't think it was capable of being fundamentally fouled up.

When the GDP shrinks, it's a reflection of lower levels of economic activity. Under normal circumstances a decline in health care spending would be offset with growth in other areas -- and exorbitant increases in insurance premiums are still economic activity even if we don't like paying them.

There's more to this than just ObamaCare. I suspect a big part of it is tied to increasing numbers of workers simply checking out of the workforce and reducing their purchasing considerably.

3 posted on 06/25/2014 7:48:22 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: lbryce

Does anyone doubt there will be a new formula within tbe next couple days? It will demonstrate that Q1 was zero or modestly positive and Q2 will, no doubt, feature robust growth. No recession for the King!


4 posted on 06/25/2014 9:23:20 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Alberta's Child

Right, keep telling yourself that, it can’t be bad economic policy theories by Marxist morons putting downward pressure on employers for the jobs trend, it must be the employees leaving the job market.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 4:03:33 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democratic party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
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To: VTenigma
I'm referring to people leaving the job market through retirement along with those who simply check out and operate in an underground economy.
6 posted on 06/26/2014 4:07:10 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child
I'm not so sure about that. ObamaCare can't really crash the economy unless it completely fouls up market fundamentals.

Rates have doubled, tripled and quadrupled. For those who haven't experienced it yet, they are aware of what is coming down the road. Discretionary spending has dried up.

Retail and restaurant chains were already suffering, now they will have no choice but to declare bankruptcy.

It's going to be very painful, but it was obvious what was going to happen. It was planned that way by people who hate this country.

7 posted on 06/26/2014 4:35:46 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: TigerClaws

-2.9 is the number they are admitting to.

Methinks it is a lot lower.

And the white house cheers.


8 posted on 06/26/2014 6:01:03 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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They’re pissing down our backs and telling is that it’s raining.


9 posted on 06/28/2014 8:58:27 AM PDT by carriage_hill ( Incoming fire always has the right of way.)
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