Of course the need for health insurance should lock Americans into jobs they loathe, Stephen Colbert said on his show Wednesday, putting his satirical touch on the debate over how Obamacare would affect U.S. workers.
“People should be chained by the need for health insurance to jobs they hate,” he said. “That’s what built this country!”
“You think anybody wanted to be a Pilgrim? No, they stuck it out for the buckle insurance.”
Since the Congressional Budget Office projected that Americans would eventually choose to work less because of the the health care reform law, Republicans have attacked the law for discouraging people from working. But, as TPM reported and the CBO director has confirmed during congressional testimony, there are a lot of reasons that people might choose to work less: They might be able to retire early or stay home with their kids or quit a second or third job that they’ve had to work.