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February 4, 2014 - 1:01 pm
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Congressional Budget Office report that shows Obamacare will make the labor force lose 2.3 million full-time workers by 2021 is positive because it lets Americans be “free agents.”

“We have the CBO report, which rightfully says, that people shouldn’t have job lock. If they — we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want,” Reid told reporters outside of a policy luncheon. “And what they’re saying here is — and the fact checkers have already done this — the Republicans talk about losing millions of jobs simply isn’t true. It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into, because of — they have healthcare in their job.”

“So my caucus is right on track to understand this. The CBO report is far better for us than it’s not. Republicans should get away from repeal and start talking about some constructive ways to handle the issues that they’re concerned about,” he added.

Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, told CNN that the CBO report was pro-family values — after host Wolf Blitzer called the report “very, very disturbing.”

“What this report said should not suggest this is going to cost jobs. What this report said is a rather obvious point, which is that as people have greater access to healthcare, there is going to be some two-parent families where someone says I’m going to work a little less because we can get healthcare and I’m going spend time raising my children. There is going to be somebody out there who because they can afford healthcare has wanted to retire and may retire earlier. This is about giving Americans more choices,” Sperling said.

“And on the overall impact on what it’s going to mean for jobs, well, I think that’s an incomplete number, because we know that with lower healthcare costs, we’re going to have more productivity, some experts predicting hundreds of thousands of more jobs due to that,” he added.

“Do you accept that number, 2.3 million workers, fewer workers than would have been the case by 2021 because of the Affordable Care Act? That’s in the report,” Blitzer pressed, waving a copy of the document.

“I don’t accept that portrayal. Because that’s implying this is costing jobs, as opposed to just giving more Americans the option,” Sperling replied.

“These people who are working more than they want to simply for healthcare, some of them will have the option of working a little less. And in terms of what the overall impact on jobs will be, I think you’re going to — you have to look at what the impact on productivity is, because people are healthier, working harder, having less sick days. You have to look at, what is the productivity benefits of having lower healthcare costs in our economy. I believe very strongly, and I think it should be very clear, the Affordable Care Act is good for growth, good for job growth, good for deficit reduction. And these numbers should not be misinterpreted to suggest somehow this is costing jobs.”

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It's official - Harry Reid and Reality have parted ways for good. Reports are that the separation is amicable, as neither one wants anything to do with the other.
37 weeks ago
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For the umpteenth time, 1984 was not meant to be an instruction manual.
37 weeks ago
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Obamacare just might make Reid a "free agent".
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In the future there will be a free agent report instead of unemployment statistics so joblessness will be spinning itself, upbeat and sporty.
36 weeks ago
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When I first started hearing the liberal spin that unemployment = freedom I thought liberals had lost their minds. Then I realized that they really do believe what they say. Marcuse would be so proud.
37 weeks ago
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Losing your job or having your hours cut is pro family values, who knew?

Michelle O must be proud, her "Let's Move" campaign is the real winner. You see, kids and adults will lose weight because their food intake will be going down at home. Also, with the help of the EPA, kids and adults will avoid weight gain in the winter because people will be moving around in their homes to stay warm since they won't be able to afford the cost of heating their dwelling space.

We all need to start a new campaign, start calling "spin" what it really is, LIES.
37 weeks ago
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Chris van Hollen said that, due to ObamaScam saving so much in health insurance, people would choose to work less. Work less when the new normal work week is less than 30 hours? Ouwe!
37 weeks ago
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Now I know why the unemployment numbers are getting lower—they don't count free agents.
37 weeks ago
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I couldn't believe that the Obamacare spin doctor said it would allow people that work 65 hours a week to be able to afford healthcare to work a little less.

Other than the self-employed, who works 65 hours a week, especially to be able to afford healthcare?

The idiot overlooks the fact that nothing else is being lowered or subsidized; rent or mortgage payment, car insurance or car payments, the cost of gas, food, clothes, etc. Working less is not an option just because you're saving on healthcare.
37 weeks ago
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He probably has never had to worry the little details like the rent, car payments and the like in years.
37 weeks ago
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Head CBO guy Douglas Elmendorf testified this morning in front of Paul Ryan's House budget committee as to how all those subsidies in Obamacare function as a DISINCENTIVE to work.

Another disincentive to work, along with extensions in unemployment insurance and big explosions in food stamps and disability applicants.

A return to slavery in sucking the teat of the federal government.
37 weeks ago
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Obama and Reid are getting exactly what they wanted ... chaos and increased numbers of dependents that are scared poopless about the future.
Soon ... we'll be hearing the single-payer chorus get started and Obama stepping up to the plate to be the nation's pseudo-savior.
37 weeks ago
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Gene Sperling is apparently David Axelrod's replacement when it comes to serving as Obama's point man for blabbermouth spin.

That such crapola is given any credence at all and even repeated is, in and of itself, testament to how deeply stupidity has taken root.
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>>“And on the overall impact on what it’s going to mean for jobs, well, I think that’s an incomplete number, because we know that with lower healthcare costs, we’re going to have more productivity, some experts predicting hundreds of thousands of more jobs due to that,” he added.
What the hell are these people smoking? Some expert say unicorns are going to start pooping out Pegasus.
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