CBO: 800,000 “no longer need to work” thanks to health care legislation

Is this the spin the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is putting on the new health care law? Republicans in the House have been saying Obamacare will hurt American business and result in a smaller workforce (unemployment), and as it turns out, the CBO seems to agree …

The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) director, Doug Elmendorf, was clear during his remarks yesterday to the House Budget Committee concerning the long-term (10 year) effect of the health care law – which by the way has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. As a result of the new [unconstitutional] law, a combined 800,000 people would be able to “leave” the workforce by 2021 since they did not have to stay employed to pay for their health insurance costs.

That’s right. It’s not that business costs would go up resulting in layoffs, rather, the great health care law will reduce costs so much, it will allow 800,000 Americans to retire early!


I can’t get to the transcript right now, but Politico had the story yesterday afternoon.

CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee on Thursday that the health care law will reduce employment by 0.5 percent by 2021 because some people will no longer have to work just to afford health insurance.

“That means that if the reduction in the labor used was workers working the average number of hours in the economy and earning the average wage, that there would be a reduction of 800,000 workers,” Elmendorf said in an exchange with Rep. John Campbell (R-CA).

A few sites including the Daily Caller got a bit confused by the message and originally implied 800,000 would lose their job as a result of Obamacare. Oh no … those 800,000 would be able to retire early don’t ya know? John Hinderaker at Powerline has a snippet and even made the same mistake.

4 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Those people that "won't need to work anymore" better plan on keeping those jobs to pay the fees and taxes necessary to pay for our "free" health care!

  2. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    Eventually, thousands of American protesters will surround Barackingham Palace; they'll overwhelm security and find nothing inside but graffiti, cigarette stained carpets, candy wrappers, unpaid bills, Mao and Che Christmas ornaments, Michelle's 10,000 pair shoe collection, Rham's torture room, rubber sheets in the Lincoln bedroom, and Barack's Mombasa, Kenya Birth Certificate & prayer rug…

  3. sweepersue
    sweepersue says:

    Just like Queen Pelosi told us: "If you want to become an artist and quit your day job, now you can without worrying about not having health insurance." 800,000 artists right here.

  4. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Right on Dimsdale, the fundamental flaw among many with Obamacare is that it will not save anyone money. Those who say now, that the costs are rising so high, we need Obamacare do not understand that the hidden taxes will be monumental, there will not be enough doctors and the care will be abominable.

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