U.S. GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan sent out a press release on Wednesday, regurgitating GOP talking points over a Congressional Budget Office report which, according to Sullivan, “spells trouble for Senator Mark Begich.” According to Sullivan, the report says that up to 2.3 million Americans could “lose their jobs as a result of Begich’s vote” on ObamaCare.
Apparently, Sullivan didn’t read the full report. While it’s true that the report estimates that people will be putting in fewer traditional work hours, they will be doing so in order to “take early retirement, work fewer hours or otherwise rearrange their work-home balance to take advantage of new subsidies for health insurance and new markets for individual policies that don’t depend on having a job.”
They won’t be stuck in jobs just to keep the insurance. They might even choose to start their own businesses without worrying aobut the crippling costs of buying insurance on the private market.
As the AP put it, “workers aren’t being laid off. They are taking themselves out of the workforce, in many cases opening job opportunities for others.” They are doing so because for the first time in their lives, many aren’t subject to an exploitative insurance industry and, like me, can buy affordable health insurance on the private market.
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