Reid: Obamacare Doesn’t Cost Jobs, It Turns Workers Into ‘Free Agents’
February 4, 2014 - 1:01 pm
When Sperling kept quoting the statistic of 8.1 million jobs added in 45 months, Blitzer reminded him that Obamacare didn’t take effect until Oct. 1.
“You could sit there and say that before Social Security happened, somebody would say, oh, people are going to work less hours, because they can retire. Or if you don’t allow child labor, there will be less hours worked, because people are going to school,” Sperling responded.
“These are the types of things that in an advanced economy give people more options and choice. They don’t cost jobs. They give people more options and choice to live their lives as they have. When you have two parents and they’re both working full-time to provide health care, and they don’t feel they’re there to do homework with their kids, and this allows one of the kids to work a little less because they have health care, that’s not costing jobs. That’s giving typical hard-working American families more choices and more options. And that’s a positive thing.”
Said Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) today: “I am growing increasingly alarmed at the Democrats’ refusal to not only discuss solutions to fix this calamity, but also by their denial that a problem even exists with Obamacare at all.”
The CBO report primarily looked at how employers would respond to the penalty for not offering health insurance to employees working more than 30 hours per week. Businesses could respond by cutting people’s hours, hiring fewer workers and offering lower wages to incoming workers.
“The Budget Office does not see unemployment falling below 6% for the rest of President Obama’s term. Six percent for the remainder of his term,” said Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “Yet despite all of this, the President still won’t get behind genuine pro-growth reforms, he won’t support genuine reforms of our existing programs like Medicare and Social Security that would actually save them and put them on a fiscally sustainable path. He has no plan for controlling our national debt.”