Since the Passage of “Obamacare,” the Vast Majority of Jobs Created Have Been Full-Time

obamasmilingWhile Republicans like to say the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has been a “jobs destroyer,” reality just doesn’t seem to support their rhetoric.

The most recent evidence of this comes in the way of a comment made by Alan Krueger, the chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers who stated that, “Since the Affordable Care Act passed, 90 percent of job growth has been in full-time positions.”

Which Politifact rated as “True.”

According to the research Politifact pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the agency responsible for tracking jobs) of the nearly 6 million jobs we’ve created from March 2010-July 2013, 87% of them have been full-time positions.  That translates to nearly 5 million full-time jobs and barely 700k part-time jobs.

Now, there is a flip-side to this article that’s not all good news for “Obamacare” supporters.  Politifact also found that a Republican claim that many of the jobs for 2013 have been part-time is true as well.  Though, that represents a 7-month window out of over 40, so one would have to be reaching to say that 2013’s numbers are an indication of our overall job creation.

Especially when you consider that even when you factor in 2013’s jobs numbers, 87% of the jobs we’ve created have still been full-time positions.

And don’t tell me that the spike in part-time employment this year is linked to the further rollout of “Obamacare.”  The Affordable Care Act was signed into law over 3 years ago, with these employers knowing what was coming—yet 87% of jobs have still been full-time.

None of these companies really expected the law to be repealed (and even the House Republicans who’ve voted 40 times to try and do just that knew it would remain the law of the land) so it wouldn’t make any sense to try and argue that part-time positions are rising due to the “anticipation” of the impact of “Obamacare.”

Because these people already knew the law was in place.  If they weren’t going to hire full-time positions as a result of the law, then the last three years wouldn’t show that 87% of jobs we’ve created were full-time positions.

And let’s not forget, the first half of this year we saw our greatest job growth for that span of time since 1999.

These facts are of course nothing Republicans want to hear.  Because like most of the jobs statistics over the last 3+ years, the numbers simply don’t support the rhetoric coming from Republicans and the right-wing media.

Then again, that’s what happens when your political ideology is based on what you want  to be real as opposed to actual reality.

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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  • Dave

    Reality debunking republican claims again!

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    Waiting for the trolls to say, “More lamestream media lies.”

  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    Must suck when everything that you so desperately want to believe is true turns out to be bull-pucky. But I think that the right must be getting used to being wrong, they’ve had so much practice.

  • Melanie LaPoint

    The problem is most of these jobs are called full-time, but without a national law declaring what full-time really is- companies set the rule. Walmart says 28 hours is full-time. My own company that I work for says anything over 30 hours is full-time. Who can live on a 28 or 30 hour FULL TIME paycheck at current minimum wage? Even if you work for $1.50 more than minimum wage you can’t afford to live on 28-30 hours a week.

    I won’t call the claims of this article out as lies- Just misinformation.
    The jobs created are mostly low to lower wage jobs in the retail, food service and other services professions.

    Obamacare is a good thing.
    Corporations are trying to blame Obamacare for cutting worker hours.
    Yes, they really are. I’ve seen it personally.

    • NyteShayde

      If they’re claiming those hours as FT, then you qualify for health insurance. If you can’t afford what your company is giving you then you have the right to refuse it go to a competitive clearinghouse of insurance companies that will give you the lowest rate possible. Usually much lower than your employer.

    • taymie

      It doesn’t matter, because that is the measure used for Obamacare. If the company claims you are full time, they have to pay for the full time benefits. So, even though they are not giving you enough hours, they are STILL reducing hours because of Obamacare, or they would be calling it part time to avoid the Mandate.

      I hope that made sense

      *edit: NOT. they are still NOT reducing hours because of Obamacare

  • Symuel H Smith

    Just, someone, please….check to see whether the GOPhers, and really some of the other party, in some manner profit politically and financially from this unruly Healthcare System under which the Nation labors. I do not have at hand the total outlay for Healthcare Services in the USA, however the Overhead has been well beyond 25%. The overhead in Medicare is less than 4%. Please do not yell at me….just find out where all that difference goes…!!. OBAMACARE limits overhead to no more than 20%, which is double what the “Cut-off” should be. Do you hear the same complainers whom I hear.?

    • taymie

      We all know they are they are bought and paid for by Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and their clones. It is very hard to miss who is funding the disinformation going out. I don’t care if the companies are going on record saying “oh we love being told we can’t have unlimited profits while denying life saving treatment to our paying customers” I don’t believe they MEAN it. I think they are saying that to the cameras and then going and calling their pet politicians in and demanding another repeal vote. “Just get this out of our hair NOW” kind of thing.

      • Symuel H Smith

        Taymie, you are a bit in consonance with me. I can not say for certain, but certainly I can infer. There is a reason why we grant Subsidies to BIG OIL,,,the richest companies, ever..!!…..and “Subsidies”, in the Billions???” There are such excesses in Agriculture, and elsewhere in the scheme of things. If we do not do something like limiting political contributions by agencies and entities which we subsidize…we will be entering a period of nurturing these forsaken practices,ass the structure of Government collapses. The GOPhers have no Health Plan, except the one in which they participate, and seem not to want the Citizens to have one under any circumstances.