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Obamacare Job Killers!

With the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office, a portion of which announced that there would be two million fewer jobs, the anti-Obamacare crew went nuts.  It was widely reported in the media that this meant two million job losses, eek!  What many people failed to notice, however, was that the CBO report was talking about jobs, or hours at jobs, that people voluntarily stop working.
If I voluntarily cut my hours because I no longer have to work longer just to get health coverage, most people would congratulate me.  The anti-Obamacare "job-killer" logic can also apply to summer vacations and weekends, too.  Just think of all the jobs that are being killed by people not working!
Don't get me wrong, Obamacare is a cobbled together beast of a program that's a huge giveaway to the insurance industry, but it's better than the alternative.  Enjoy the cartoon, like, share and stay healthy-- and if you cut your work hours because you no longer have to scramble to qualify for health insurance, congratulations!  (More links to the stories behind this cartoon are below this post in the News Behind the Toons section.)

Comments (4)

  • ijuinkun


    14 February 2014 at 01:26 |
    It is my understanding that the "two million less jobs" means a reduction in JOB DEMAND equal to two million jobs, not a reduction in JOB SUPPLY. In other words, it means LESS people competing for existing job openings, not MORE. From the perspective of job applicants, this is a GOOD thing, because it means that with fewer job seekers, a larger proportion of them will actually get hired.


  • Paul Goode

    Paul Goode

    14 February 2014 at 16:50 |
    Great cartoon, but the claim that Obamacare is a cobbled together giveaway to insurance companies has gotten tiresome.

    In the United States, health insurance for those under 65 is financed on a for-profit basis. You can argue whether that is good or bad, but that's that's the way it is. That the ACA reflects the politically necessary step of building from the existing system does not make it a giveaway to insurers any more than it is a giveaway to providers. The intent simply isn't there.

    As for being cobbled together, another way of saying it might be "the typical legislative process magnified by the enormity and complexity of the task." The ACA had to deal with the legislayltive process as it is and with fragmented and Byzantine health care system the way it is. Finally, "cobbled together" dismisses the genuine reforms in the ACA, which have the potential to move us away from fee-for - service, which separates patients and taxpayers from their money much more than insurance rates.

    Skip the polemics of the likes of Matt Tabibi and Glenn Greenwald and stick to measured, authoritative assessments like Paul Starr's Remefy and Reaction. You might even recognize Obamacare for what it is: A political miracle and the most significant social legislation in newly 50 years.


  • Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe

    14 February 2014 at 17:12 |
    It's better than the alternative, if the only alternative we're allowed to consider is going back to the old non-system. But it's not better than the real alternative, eliminating insurance and expanding Medicare to fully cover all medically necessary services for all ages.

    By the way, I love the name of the group "...no matter what leaps of logic it takes." :)


  • William Heber

    William Heber

    15 February 2014 at 22:01 |
    This cartoon is Awesome sauce!
    Please upload it to Youtube ASAP.
    Can't wait to make this video go viral.


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