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Health care law to reduce workforce

Published: Tue, February 4, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m.

Health care law to reduce workforce

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said today. That would mean job losses equal to 2.3 million full-time jobs by 2021, in large part because people would opt to keep their income low to stay eligible for federal health care subsidies or Medicaid, the agency said. It had estimated previously that the law would lead to 800,000 fewer jobs by that year.


1JoeFromHubbard(1403 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama, the job creator?

>>estimated that the law would lead to 800,000 fewer jobs< <
No, revise that to read: job losses equal to 2.3 million full-time jobs by 2021.

Folks, this is another episode in the destruction of the American way of life by Obama's socialist policies.

It is only the beginning.

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2DSquared(1511 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Welcome to Obamaville. Time to reopen all of the Hobo Camps! Thanks, Nitwit!

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3DontBanThisDrone(735 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

eivo wrote: "All we can hope is that the country somehow survives this Liar and we get someone else as President to straighten out the mess that thsi Liar has left."

How long do you think that could take?

Question: For all those out there who "understand" the Obamacare law; explain to us (without Googling) how Risk Corridors work.


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4Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Well make sure we re-elect Timmy Ryan he voted for it. Our elected officials are the ones that approved it

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576Ytown(1318 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

The only one playing the race card is the POTUS himself. The lesson learned is to not vote for someone based on looks but rather who is the best person for the job based on experience and ability as well as who has this great nations best interest at heart. Hopey changey let's make up the rules as we go and if you don't like it phooey on you I'm going to do it anyway is running this country into the ground.

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6DACOUNTRYBOY(527 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago


The clueless one is rewarding his most ardent supporters.

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7JoeFromHubbard(1403 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago


I love that thought:

"freeing the masses from the drudgery of employment."

If Obama is good at one thing, this is it.

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8dontbeafool(1391 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago


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9JoeFromHubbard(1403 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

@ dontbeafool:

>> The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers will choose to supply <<

When the supplied labor is reduced, the laborers will either sustain reduced standards of living -or- draw from the public dole hurting others.

There are no free lunches.

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1076Ytown(1318 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's how it will unfold:

1. Employers not able to provide health coverage to workers will reduce hours.
2. Workers will be left to purchase insurance on their own.
3. Workers will find that they can get more subsidies and handouts by not working and reducing their income than if they work a second job.
4. Raising the minimum wage will also create a disincentive to work when it means the loss of food stamps, Medicaid, subsidies and tax credits.

All this noise about helping the poor when what is actually happening is an attack on the middle class as it is being eroded from the bottom up.

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11Jerryl(105 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

There are a least two members of my family that intend to reduce their work hours because they no longer have to work to have health care benefits.

Both are in their early 60s and have been ready to retire (labor intensive jobs), but have been working to get so that they can get healthcare benefits at group rates.

Assuming that the labor gap created by their voluntary reduction in hours will have to be filled by the employer, potentially the employer will have to hire (or expand the hours of an existing employee).

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1276Ytown(1318 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Jerry: I'm curious to know how many hours they'll reduce. I'm assuming their income will then be low enough to be eligible for subsidies to make up for the loss of employer sponsored benefits and lost wages.

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