The Affordable Care Act is killing jobs, or not, depending on which portion of the Washington Post you read on Tuesday.
The paper’s conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote that Obamacare was “killing jobs and squelching growth” based on a newly released CBO report that says the law will likely “decrease the number of full-time equivalent jobs in 2021 by 2.3 million.”
However, the report notes that the reduction in hours worked by Americans will “almost entirely” be due to workers’ choice to leave the work force — not because they lost their jobs or can’t find a full-time job.
Glenn Kessler, the Post’s “Fact Checker,” followed up a few hours later giving the claim made by Rubin and other news organizations three Pinocchios out of four.
“The CBO, in its sober fashion, virtually screams that this is not about jobs,” he wrote. “[T]he nonpartisan agency is examining whether the law increases or decreases incentives for people to work.”
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