Okay, it’s time to cut the short shit short.
Yes, it’s time to discuss yet another erroneous right-wing talking point.
Yesterday on Twitter a few of my conservative friends couldn’t wait to log on and bum rush me with the latest Republican talking point. As usual, like flies to shit, right-wingers ran to a report from the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) about Obamacare and it’s long-term effect on the workforce. But as conservative media and the lack of reading skills by the average blowhard, idiots on the right ran with the talking point that the Affordable Care Act would have a negative impact on jobs. If you listened to them, to let them tell it, Obamacare would cost the economy 2.5 million jobs. Yesterday, it was like right-wingers all finally found evidence to back up their foolish claim that Obamacare is a job killer.
It’s a talking-point that has been around for a while, and has long since been debunked. But you know how it is, folks. In the echo chamber of stupid, if you repeat a lie enough it takes on a life of its own. I mean, who needs facts when you’ve been indoctrinated by the likes of conservative media, right? Today, however, it’s time to put the bullshit lie to bed. Yes, the CBO released a report this week that addresses a potential shrinking of the workforce based on the behavior of workers between 2017 and 2024. But here’s the problem, folks: the Affordable care Act will not kill 2.5 million jobs.
Contrary to what some would have us believe, the CBO report never said, implied, or insinuate that Obamacare would kill 2.5 million jobs. What it did say, however, is that it’s possible that work hours my be reduced by workers making the decision to work less. Why? The short answer: To be able to keep government subsidies which will offset the cost of healthcare policies.
According to the CBO, the loss of hours would be the equivalent of 2.5 million workers leaving the workforce. Mind you, the CBO never said that emplyers would be slashing 2.5 million jobs because of Obamacare. In fact, the opposite is what we can expect. If anything, Obamacare will add jobs, because of the long-term deficit reduction effect. Yes, dumbasses, Obamacare will have a stimulative effect. Don’t tell anyone, but even Rep. Paul Ryan acknowledged that the CBO report didn’t say that Obamacare would kill 2 million jobs at a House Budget Committee meeting today.
At the very meeting, present and giving testimony to support what everyone but conservatives believe was CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf. If you watch the following video, you’ll hear him emphatically reiterate this fact in an exchange with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), at the same meeting
Watch the video below: