Obamacare Delinks Workers From Work

Jennifer Rubin makes a thought provoking point: Obamacare is bad for work

1. Obamacare was sold as a means of promoting job mobility, delinking insurance from work. Now the White House says it is delinking workers from work. At the opening of the Budget Committee hearing this morning, Chairman Paul Ryan remarked that “what is particularly troubling is CBO’s projection of labor-force participation. CBO says that about half of this decline is attributable to the aging of the population—most notably the retirement of the baby-boom generation. But CBO also says that government policies, especially the President’s health-care law, are discouraging work. Washington is making this problem worse. This does not have to be our fate. We need to reverse this decline.”

Remember, one of the big pushes was insurance portability, not having to lose your insurance if you switched jobs. Now, people aren’t going to be worried about working.

She also notes several other great points. Check then out.

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8 Responses to “Obamacare Delinks Workers From Work”

  1. gitarcarver says:

    The Federalist has a similar list which is based on the CBO’s report:

    The points, which are fleshed out more at the site, are:

    1) Obamacare Will Destroy 2.5 Million Jobs By 2024
    2) In 2024, There Will Still Be 31 Million People In The U.S. Without Health Insurance
    3) Surprise! Millions Of People Who Liked Their Health Plan Will Lose Their Health Plan
    4) Obamacare Reduces The Incentive To Find And Keep A Job
    5) Your Paycheck Will Be Smaller Thanks To Obamacare

    The sad thing is that this was exactly what conservatives predicted. We knew this was coming and yet Obama, liberals and progressives decided to roll the dice on a plan that had no basis in reality.

    Now the country – all of the country – is paying for their folly.

  2. ReFrozen_Spring_Gumballs says:

    4. The White House’s entire Keynesian theory is built on the premise that if you put money in people’s pockets (by taking others’ or borrowing) you will stimulate the economy. Now they argue that taking away wages and hours worked will have no detrimental effect on the economy.


    Obamacare is destroying the public’s faith in the president, in big government and in the premise of liberalism itself — that government programs have a dynamic effect on society and individual behavior. It’s more than the GOP has done in decades.

    a very sad reality. When your enemy makes a better enemy than the alternative party, something’s wrong with the alternative party.

  3. gitarcarver says:

    And then there is this:

    The Obama administration has not made public the fact that the appeals system for the online marketplace is not working. In recent weeks, legal advocates have been pressing administration officials, pointing out that rules for the online marketplace, created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, guarantee due-process rights to timely hearings for Americans who think they have been improperly denied insurance or subsidies.

    Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors.

    Roughly 22,000 Americans have filed appeals with the government to try to get mistakes corrected, according to internal government data obtained by The Washington Post. They contend that the computer system for the new federal online marketplace charged them too much for health insurance, steered them into the wrong insurance program or denied them coverage entirely.

    For now, the appeals are sitting, untouched, inside a government computer. And an unknown number of consumers who are trying to get help through less formal means — by calling the health-care marketplace directly — are told that HealthCare.gov’s computer system is not yet allowing federal workers to go into enrollment records and change them, according to individuals inside and outside the government who are familiar with the situation.

    Obamacare – the program that keeps on screwing people.

  4. Zachriel says:

    gitarcarver: 1) Obamacare Will Destroy 2.5 Million Jobs By 2024

    That is incorrect. The CBO projects a supply-side decrease in workers, not a loss of available jobs.

  5. david7134 says:

    Obamacare will not destroy jobs, or decrease “supply side” aspects of the job market, it will destroy the US.

  6. ReFrozen_Spring_Gumballs says:

    Amen brother.

  7. gitarcarver says:

    That is incorrect. The CBO projects a supply-side decrease in workers, not a loss of available jobs.

    I’ll let the CBO report respond:

    The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024. Although CBO projects that total employment (and compensation) will increase over the coming decade, that increase will be smaller than it would have been in the absence of the ACA.

  8. Zachriel says:

    gitarcarver: The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017

    Yes, that’s supply side, not demand. The net result will be a decrease in unemployment.

    The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor

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