Fact checking Senate candidate Sullivan’s ObamaCare job-killing claim

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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6 thoughts on “Fact checking Senate candidate Sullivan’s ObamaCare job-killing claim

  1. Mike

    Hey maybe somebody should fact check the SSA website. They stopped reporting the ratio of people working to people collecting social security in 2010 (at 2.9). In 2040 it’s suppose to be at 2.1 and the fund will be exhausted. Now 2.3 million are expected to “take early retirement” and work fewer hours in order to collect subsidies. I know a ton of people that went on social security [early] in the last couple years. That 2040 number can’t be right anymore. So when will social security become toast? How many months or years sooner because of the ACA I guess is what I’m curious about.

  2. Reader

    Having someone “rearrange their work-home balance” so that they can take advantage of subsidies (aka, my tax dollars) can’t be endlessly sustainable. When I and all of the others who are now paying into the system rather than taking from it finally decide we’ve had enough, how will it be sustained?

  3. It's Miller Time

    Begich, Schmegich. Sloppy Sullivan and Mediocre Mead. Come on, let’s support someone who has the courage to stand up to the oppressive and destructive priciples of the Obama administration. It’s time to support Joe Miller.

  4. Lynn Willis

    Let me see if I understand Sullivan’s position. You should feel fortunate to have any health insurance at all. Employer provided health insurance (which most pay for with rare exceptions like Alaska legislators) is such a good deal and not at all akin to the joke about the slave galley master who tells the rowers that he has good and bad news; the good news is that they will be getting new oars (health insurance) , the bad news is that the Emperor now wants to water ski (limited coverage, high cost, and high deductibles).

  5. JP

    I’ve watched politics in alaska closely for nearly 25 years. While senate candidate Sullivan has done an amazing job hauling in contributions, his campaign organization appears to be inefficent and inexperienced. I’d like to see him do well but think that he’s too inexperienced in the ways of political campaigns to survive the season.

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