Implicit in the GOP's offensive since the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that millions of Americans would stop working or cut back their hours under Obamacare is that those people are, well, lazy. Maybe it's not their fault, maybe the nanny government is lulling them into complacence. But whatever the reason, it's a bad thing.
House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) said as much at the beginning of Wednesday's hearing on the CBO report.
The law encourages Americans "not to get on the ladder of life, to begin working, getting the dignity of work, getting more opportunities, rising the income, joining the middle class," he said. "This means fewer people will do that."
But, as usual, the real story is more complicated than that. People choosing to work less could actually be a good thing, congressional Democrats have since suggested. It just depends on why they're making that choice.
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