Republicans Once Again Prove That They’ll Ignore Reality for Partisan Headlines

daily-caller-misleading-newsI’m sure by now many of you have heard about the report from the CBO that Republicans have seized on claiming that “Obamacare” will cost the United States nearly 2.5 million jobs.  I mean, doesn’t it seem absolutely horrible when you read that headline?  For Republicans, this type of “news” is exactly what they claim they’ve been warning Americans about for years.

Except, it isn’t true.  Well, not in the context they’re using it.

Like most things that exist in the reality in which most Americans live, conservatives just don’t understand what’s going on.  Either that or they just decided to run with the lie anyway.

But as the Washington Post fact-checked, this claim isn’t true at all.

What the CBO essentially said is that the Affordable Care Act will most likely have an impact on workers in the labor force, not jobs.

Meaning that over time the CBO expects some Americans to stop working, or take part-time work instead of full-time, because they’ll now have access to health care without the need of an employer.

As it stands now, quite a few Americans worked full-time (though they didn’t need to) because they wanted to keep their health benefits.  Some did this because their husbands or wives worked jobs that didn’t provide health care so they needed it to cover their family.

Now some people won’t need to work full-time, and might instead choose to spend more time with their families.  You know, that whole “family values” thing Republicans constantly harp on about?  Or would they rather have both parents have to work full-time jobs (sometimes more than one job for one parent or the other) just to be able to have health care?

If anything, wouldn’t this potentially create more jobs?  Being that a few Americans that didn’t need to work full-time jobs before would now be dropping out of the workforce because their husbands or wives can get health care thanks to “Obamacare.”  Remember, for every job opening in this country, 3 people are looking for work.  Fewer people needing to work those full-time jobs means more openings for those who need them.

In fact, the CBO basically says this is not about jobs, but workers:

“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, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week).”

Translation: This is about workers who might not be a part of the workforce, not about 2.5 million jobs being eliminated from the economy.

Now there is a downside that some Republicans have correctly pointed out.  This does include people who might choose to work less in order to increase the subsidies that they’ll receive due to having a lower level of income.

Granted, that’s not always going to be a good thing.  However, if someone steps out of a full-time position (who didn’t need it) for a part-time position to get a lower subsidy, there will almost always be someone who needed full-time work willing to take that position.

Kind of like what I pointed out earlier – a greater availability of full-time jobs for people who actually need them.

The situation as a whole is an extremely complicated one because we’re trying to predict the potential habits of people, with a varying degree of factors, for a future economy we still aren’t certain of yet.

That’s why reports like these are called “estimates” instead of facts.

But for Republicans to take this report and perpetuate the belief that the CBO said “Obamacare” will cost the economy almost 2.5 million jobs – well, that’s just an outright lie.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Curlene Crawford Reamy

    They have NO shame, but we have good memories….and we’ll remember this in November when we VOTE them out….!!!!

    • Jim Bean

      Voting them out is a vote for more of the same. The GOP’s claim is technically incorrect and structured for political impact. The underlying message (this is a bad thing) however, is not. Less incentive to work means people have less money to spend. Less money to spend means less economic activity and that means less employment hours available. More people looking for part time work and an incentive for employers to convert full time jobs to part time jobs positions them to acquire labor at a lower cost. The low pay and ease of acquiring part time work makes workers less committed and less productive. Its a lose/lose situation except for Democratic Party politicians whose strength lies within the ranks of the economically dissatisfied.

      • crabjack

        $7.50 an hour and other poverty wages means people have less money. I suspect that many of these “workers” (not jobs) that are being eliminated are people who will quit their second or third job that they needed to have enough money for decent healthcare.

      • Mrs_oatmeal

        I think this is not necessarily true. I think you are assuming that part time workers are less committed and that full time jobs are going to be cut to part time. I know people over the age of retirement that were working for their health insurance. They have gone to part time to be able to do things they never had time for and they can still get health insurance. They are not less productive. Many have stayed in their same positions with the companies, just working part time . They also train the people coming in to take over the full time position. A win win for everyone. I think you are talking about low paying jobs to begin with.

      • Jim Bean

        You are correct in that I’m primarily focusing on low pay jobs. But a zero balance of change in the other sectors plus a net loss in the low wage sector is still a net loss for the nation.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        supply and demand/ survival of the fittest. 2 of the truest principles ever-
        ………….if the idiotic john birch ( SEE: tea party) scumbags would NEVER bring up religion I may even listen more to them: except they don’t have much to stand on policy wise

      • painkills2

        ^^I can’t shock people with my intelligence, so I use stupid pictures instead.^^

      • white trash religious teaparty

        men (men??) who view a photo of great natural breasts as stupid are very rare
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, thank god!

      • painkills2

        There is nothing stupid about the naked form, but there is a time and place for such things, no? Why don’t we make pictures of breasts harder to come by — something to be seen and explored with a little privacy (and much more enjoyment)?

        Anyway, how was I supposed to take any of your comments seriously if I’m overly distracted by your avatar picture of large breasts?

        Your new picture is automatically recognizable when viewed in connection with your avatar moniker, so I say you are getting your message across loud and clear with your new picture. I won’t say I agree with your view, but it is your right to publicize it.

        Now, if you’ll just stop using periods and commas in succession to make your points, we’ll be getting somewhere. 🙂

        Peace out, dude.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        hey gerbil stuffer—
        U said ” stupid picture(s)”
        hmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, that means ( correct me if erroneous here) that U find that photo stupid ( are U still with me?) which means the CONTENT of said photo is ‘stupid” ,,,, which ( again; correct my error if applicable) means naked breasts are stupid.
        care to ( attempt to) double down?

      • painkills2

        Is it that hard to type out “you”?

        Okay, perhaps I should be more precise (not so easy to do in disqus). Using a picture of huge breasts as your avatar in disqus is stupid. It accomplishes nothing, except to give a few basement-dwellers kicks. Of course, I didn’t consider that this might actually be your purpose…

      • white trash religious teaparty

        as with the usual crybaby technique administered by regressive FOX “news” watchers U again ( you: U) avoided what I said,,,,,
        shall I simplify? or are U ( you: U) just an asshole not willing to admit?
        as for my avatar(s) what difference does it make?
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, answer: none ( which means its not stupid if I put up a pile of salmon shit or a fly in a venus flytrap or a geometric equation or,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, some killer evidence of delightful femininity.)

      • painkills2

        Then change it back. Be irrelevant. So if I care (anymore).

  • strayaway

    “Now some people won’t need to work full-time, and might instead choose to spend more time with their families.”

    Amen to that. If the government would just send all of us a check every week, we would all have the option of staying home in our pajamas until noon to be home with our families, surfing the web, discover weekday morning TV, or whatever. This assumes, of course, that whomever is paying for all the free health care, food stamps, etc. will still have as much to spend for everything else to keep the economy moving along. Of course, if we just borrow the money from our children we can have the best of both worlds for awhile.

    • Jordon Oldfather

      Everyone should get a check if they r poor enough level the playing field would be easy to pay for just tax the rich fuckers pulling in millions and cut defense spending 75 percent

    • white trash religious teaparty

      FOX “news” chitter chatter,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, funny: when Reagan and both bush boys were overspending we didn’t hear a f*cking pee out of U micropenile white trash

      • strayaway

        Same old, same old, yawn….who forgot to shut the door?

      • white trash religious teaparty

        question remains! ,,,,,,,,,,,,,and I hope U are enjoying the black president ( constitutional lawyer/professor) who is scaring the crap out of all of U white ytrash crybabies,,,, executive orders sidestepping the (yawn) obstruction repubs tea party scum
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, “yawn”……………

      • strayaway

        1. Obama is not black, he is technically less than half sub-Saharan African (aren’t we all?) although any one of us can claim whatever we like as he does. I’m more concerned that Obama has some common DNA with the Bush family.
        2. He was never a professor. He was a lecturer. He has a habit of putting on Ayers. (pun)
        3. He is presently not a licensed lawyer for reasons we will probably never know.
        4. Constitutional lawyers, like crime lawyers, can play either side; representing victims of crime and the Constitution on one hand or contorting the Constitution or defending criminals on the other. he has even criticized our Constitution, prior to becoming President, for not being more like the Soviet Constitution.

        Four technical errors in one sentence is not bad for you. Name calling is about all you seem good at which is why you deserve the yawns.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        he taught for over a year at a pretty “bad ass ” college. Me black? Hmmmm,,,,,,,,,, german / French/ english lineage,,,,,,, blond hair blue eyes.. black??? must be the cocaine I did in the 80’s and all the basketball I played as well as the musical instruments I played up to and thru high school.
        he was a licenced constitutional lawyer. is he “licenced” now? don’t know/ don’t care– I suspect very strongly his grasp of our constitution is a weeeee bit mightier than thine.
        Obama isn’t black? wow– I guess neither is halle berry or jimi Hendrix ( 1/4 Cherokee) or the multitude of BLACKS in America who were spawn of white trash drunken rapes within slavery .
        keep yawning ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, that’s how U gain so much weight

  • John Cox

    the whole “economy” is made up out of thin air anyway so give the billionairs what they want and let the rest of us at least not have to struggle to survive

  • Edward Krebbs

    Obamacare is responsible for the USA team loosing at curling in Sochi.

    • white trash religious teaparty

      and responsible for FOX “news” crying all those fabulisms all night long

  • Skulluminati

    I agree with the article but I find the headline just a bit ironic.