The majority of news outlets are reporting the ACA will NOT “kill” two million jobs, but will, instead, allow two million workers who were working in order to pay for healthcare/medical issues to quit those jobs.
One can easily see why business would not want this. Over the recent past, there were more workers than there were jobs and employers could set terms and wages where they wanted. If two million people can return to live solely on their pensions/retirement knowing they can now afford their healthcare, employers will have to actually compete for workers again. This may encourage them to get behind immigration reform though one expects they’ll continue to oppose a raise in the minimum wage. Yet, if they have to compete for workers, they’ll find themselves offering better pay and benefits anyway.
A search for information on what the CBO report actually said, as opposed to what individuals want it to say, displayed many sites saying the same thing. This was one that appealed to me. Ididn’t watch the video and they have a caveat about the transcript, but the content fell in line with what sites I consider nonbiased reported.
Conservatives have ignored so many important issues in order to attack the ACA. The laser focus on jobs Mr. Boehnor promised us demanded the Keystone Pipeline and killing the ACA. In order to get these things, they shut down the gov’t. They attacked conservatives that were willing to compromise, like my representative, Scott Rigell, and continue to obstruct ideas that they themselves once proposed, like Mr. Rubio’s dream act.
Republicans would serve themselves, and the American people, much better were they to put their laser focus back on jobs. infrastructure, and election/tax reform and allow the ACA to stand or fall on its own merits. The ACA IS a flawed piece of legislation, and there are many Dems who agree and beg for bipartisan help to make it better. And there are many good examples of gov’t run healthcare that could easily be improved upon in our own nation were our two tribal parties willing to bury the hatchet in the ground instead of each other. There are many examples of hospitals operating efficiently without price gouging insurance companies, the gov’t, or patients. But congress must be willing to open their relevant committees up to the proper witnesses instead of the campaign donors and lobbyists with whom they too often stack their hearings.