According to the CBO, Obamacare will be responsible for eliminating 2 million jobs. The CBO also tripled the number of working hours lost due to Obamacare. Republicans are of course saying “I told you so.” Harry Reid seems to think that Obamacare doesn’t cost people jobs, it simply turns them into “free agents.” Unemployment has officially been changed to free agency. The White House response isn’t any better. Losing 2 million jobs isn’t “cause for concern” you see because workers have a “new set of options” and will therefore make the “best choice” given those options. One of those options appears to be unemployment or in Democrat newspeak “free agency.”
For those in the individual health market, Obamacare has already cause a substantial increase in premiums and deductibles. For those who get insurance from their employer, when the employer mandate kicks in two million are going to become unemployed “free agents.” The White House is pretending like this is a good thing because it means people are free to make “choices.” That the choice not to work is likely going to be involuntary isn’t of much concern to the Obama administration, likely because the unemployed swell the ranks of welfare and medicaid rolls. The newly unemployed, free agents no less, are future Democrat voters in the eyes of the progressive left.
What exactly was the point of Obamacare? In 2008 all we heard about was that 30 million were uninsured. Obamacare hasn’t fixed that, not by a long shot. If anything it’s increasing the number of uninsured through canceled policies and price increases. We didn’t need government to create a health insurance marketplace, we already had that via free enterprise. People who don’t get insurance from an employer already bought insurance on the open market, they bought what they wanted for a price they could afford. Amazingly without the aid of a government website or obnoxious regulatory mandates.
No, really, what is the point of Obamacare? We’re going to lose two million jobs because of this law. Spin it as free agency all you want, it doesn’t change the fact that two million jobs will be lost. Premiums have increases, deductibles have increased. We get less of the coverages we want and more of the coverages we have no use for. We’ve made adults children until they’re 26 years old. People don’t have to buy insurance until they’re sick, thus increasing the cost for everyone due to the absurd requirement that insurers sell to people with pre-existing conditions. Costs are up, fewer people are insured, the employer mandate will cost millions of jobs and the website still doesn’t work.
Obamacare is a mid-term disaster for the Democrats, which is why the Republicans need to focus on it rather than outraging their base with amnesty for illegals. No one is foolish enough to believe that losing jobs suddenly creates “free agents” with “choices.” People were outraged when they got policy cancellations late last year, just wait until tens of millions more get them this year when their employer insurance is canceled. We really need to ask ourselves and the President what the point of Obamacare is. It didn’t create a new market and it’s caused nothing but trouble. The Republicans were right all along.