Dems, GOP Continue Battles Over CBO Report Linking Health Law And Jobs
Various news outlets find that both sides aren't interpreting the report correctly.
Politico: Both Parties Keep Cherry-Picking CBO Report
As the dust is finally settling on the CBO report released Tuesday, ... both [parties] still maintain vastly different portraits of the same document, depictions non-partisan analysts say are misleading, at best. ... Republicans are quietly accepting that the report was largely about people working less and making that choice on their own, not literally about “2 million lost jobs.” But ... Republicans and conservative critics are already shifting to a more general argument: Even if it is just people working less, there’s no way that can be good for the economy, especially if it’s because they lose Obamacare subsidies if their income goes up. The White House and Democrats say they’re happy to argue that point — because in their view, it’s much better for Americans, and the economy, if they can switch jobs or start businesses without having to worry about losing their health insurance (Nather, 2/9).
The Washington Post: They Quit Their Jobs, Thanks To Health-Care Law
Count Polly Lower among those who quit their jobs because of the health-care law. It happened in September, when her boss abruptly changed her job description. She went from doing payroll, which she liked, to working on her boss’s schedule, which she loathed. At another time, she might have had to grit her teeth and accept the new position because she needed the health benefits. But with the health-care law soon to take effect, she simply resigned — and hasn’t looked back (Somashekhar, 2/8).
The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Congressional Budget Office Data Taken Out Of Context As ‘Job’ Losses Tied To Health-Care Law
The Thom Tillis ad flashes this language when the voiceover asks, “How many workers will have to lose their jobs?” because of Hagan’s support for the health-care law: “Congressional Budget Office estimates 2 million lost jobs due to Obamacare.” But that’s not what the report says. ... For non-economists, the use of the phrase “jobs” is especially confusing because it sounds like a decision made by employers rather than workers. ... “costs jobs” attacks are going to keep earning Three Pinocchios (Kessler, 2/8).
Weekend headlines, tracked by KHN: CBO Report On Obamacare And Jobs Still Hot-Button Issue (2/9).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.