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AP Fact Check: CBO O-Care Report Is Great News

From the always dependable Administration Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

By CALVIN WOODWARD | February 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — New estimates that President Barack Obama’s health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who’ve claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren’t telling it straight.

The Administration Press always trots out its ‘fact checker,’ which they know they have a bigger lie than usual to try to put over. In this case, the lie is the CBO’s report on Obama-Care is actually good news. 

The analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts the law will give several million people an opportunity to work less or not at all, because they won’t be stuck in jobs just for the sake of keeping the health insurance they get from employers.

Is that what the CBO said? Well, that is much better. Here we thought people were going to have to scale back on their hours to keep their Obama-Care subsidies. But now it turns out they are just being given the “opportunity” to work less.

Funny, but that is exactly the line the White House is pushing. It’s almost as if the AP’s fact checker is using the White House talking points. (Which, come to think of it, is usually the case.) But, after all, nobody wants to suffer from ‘job lock.’ Which is what we used to call having ‘a steady full time job,’ or even ‘a career.’

To some Republicans, that amounts to “wreaking havoc on working families,” ”dire consequences for workers” and a shower of pink slips across the land — conclusions unsupported by the report.

The study estimates that the workforce will be reduced by the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers by 2021 as people choose to leave it.

Absolutely. It’s all about having the freedom to choose — to cut back on your hours to keep your subsidy. The AP knows that most people would rather be dependent on government subsidies than provide for themselves.

More would take early retirement, work fewer hours or otherwise rearrange their work-home balance to take advantage of new subsidies for health insurance and new markets for individual policies that don’t depend on having a job…

It’s a beautiful thing. People are going to get to “rearrange their work-home balance.” Which means they are going to get to spend more time at home because they no longer have full time jobs. We’re sure Mr. Woodward would love the opportunity to go part time, so he could spend more time with his family.

[W]orkers aren’t being laid off. They are taking themselves out of the workforce, in many cases opening job opportunities for others…

Isn’t the ‘New Man’ in the ‘New America’ selfless?

THE FACTS: No one knows whether the health care law will turn out to be good or bad for jobs and the economy. Everything is guesswork, however educated the guess. The budget office, generally respected by both sides but not infallible, predicts some elements of the health care law will help job growth and other parts will hurt it…

Funny, but back when the CBO was promoting Obama-Care and telling us it would create jobs, boost the economy, reduce the deficit, and reduce the costs of healthcare — the AP claimed the CBO was infallible. In fact, they always cited the CBO as the unquestionable authorities in their ‘fact checks’ to knock down any Obama-Care skeptics. But that was then and this is now.

[T]he predicted withdrawal from the labor market is no more a killer of jobs than today’s surge of retirements by baby boomers entering old age. If anything, it could open job opportunities for people who can’t get in the workforce now.

Again, this is simply laughable spin. Unless you think about the important role that journalism is supposed to play in a free society. And then it is appalling.

After all, this is not the Soviet Union. Our ‘journalists’ don’t face Siberia if they tell the truth. They lie like this just to get a White House Christmas card and invitations to be the right parties. And to hell with the country and its citizens.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP Fact Check: CBO O-Care Report Is Great News”

  1. captstubby

    “No one knows whether the health care law will turn out to be good or bad …”

    in Sports, the Military, and Business, would such a statement pass as a Game Plan?

    “OK Team, lets go out there and Win, or get our teeth kicked in!”

  2. This has as much credibility as the Las Vegas line touting Denver +4

  3. Petronius

    Well, maybe it is “a choice” of sorts.

    It’s like paying people to go on strike. Or subsidizing non-productivity as a deliberate economic policy.

    Sort of like FDR’s New Deal program that offered subsidies to farmers in return for killing their livestock and plowing under their crops. The farmers were given “a choice” between being farmers and going bankrupt, or taking the government subsidies for not farming.

    The result was to put farm laborers and tenant farmers out of work and off the land, and to raise food prices and taxes for everybody.

    But not to worry. Those American farm workers were easily replaced by Mexican migrant workers doing-the-jobs-that-Americans-wouldn’t-do. And by the way, the government now wants to import more immigrants, even though unemployment is again at Depression-era levels, also to-do-the-jobs-that-Americans-won’t-do.

    But if we’re going to allow people “the choice” of not working, why not allow them the choice of euthanasia? Or better still, a firing squad? That would save loads in subsidies.

    As Stalin liked to say, “Death solves all problems. No man, no problem.”

    Margaret Thatcher on “choice” :

    “The economic success of the Western world is a product of its moral philosophy and practice.

    “The economic results are better because the moral philosophy is superior.

    “It is superior because it starts with the individual, with his uniqueness, his responsibility, and his capacity to choose.

    “Surely this is infinitely preferable to the Socialist-statist philosophy [called Liberalism in America] which sets up a centralized economic system to which the individual must conform, which subjugates him, directs him and denies him the right to free choice.

    “Choice is the essence of ethics: if there were no choice, there would be no ethics, no good, no evil; good and evil have meaning only insofar as man is free to choose.”

    - Thatcher, speech to Zurich Economic Society, “The New Renaissance” (14 Mar 1977).

  4. AcornsRNutz

    This pisses me off to no end. Look, I don’t know anyone who ever got a job SOLELY because they needed health care. That’s a pile of pinnochio’s to put it nicely. I have heard of people choosing one job over another when weighing the benefits package as a whole, but at the end of the day most people get jobs to have money, ya know, to buy like food and housing and cars and things they want or need? OF course this pathetic argument about “job lock” presupposes the new normal that the government already has programs to pay for all that other stuff, so when you add free health insurance you no longer need to work.

    That’s bad. Work may not set you free, but the money you make and what you do with it does. It is the basis of personal property, which is the basis of individual liberty. What this report (and the one saying that by 2030 we’ll only have 30 million uninsured under obamacare, the number we had to start with that created this whole “need” for ocare in the first place) are more than chicanery. They are the tacit admission that this was never about the good of the people. These are proclamations to anyone with the ear to hear them: “Do not adjust your television sets…we have taken control”.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Arbeit macht frei-Hitler (final solution)

      Arbeitslosigkeit macht frei- Obama
      (Unemployment makes [one] free)




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