Did you hear the great news?
— Tony Phyrillas (@TonyPhyrillas) February 4, 2014
(via the Associated Press) – “…Several million people will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
That would mean job losses equal to 2.3 million full-time jobs by 2021, in large part because people would opt to keep their income low to stay eligible for federal health care subsidies or Medicaid, the agency said. It had estimated previously that the law would lead to 800,000 fewer jobs by that year…”
Sure, sure, that doesn’t seem like great news. But that’s exactly why the White House’s crack PR spin-meisters (CODENAME: the “Alternate Reality Team”) was activated as soon as this news hit. The guys from the A.R.T. (motto: “Anyone can lie, but what we do is ART”) instantly assured everyone within earshot that y’all are just too stupid to understand complex economy-related terms, such as “fewer jobs” and “2.3 million of ‘em“:
See? That CBO report is simply not to be trusted, …except in such cases when it reinforce the White House’s policy positions:
Same White House that said you have to read Obamacare to find out what’s in it now says critics aren’t reading the CBO report correctly.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 4, 2014
But have no fear: the media wants you to know that they are very sensitive to this horrible news about our economy, which is why they are reporting on it in ….solely political terms:
.@chucktodd It’s not a talking point Chuck.. It’s people’s lives affected by a President who lied to them, repeatedly. This is a fact
— S.M (@redsteeze) February 4, 2014
My 300% income tax plan doesn’t kill jobs, it just results in people choosing to enjoy more relaxing leisure time.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 4, 2014
Hey, that’s a great point! I might soon be penniless and living in an old refrigerator box (…if I’m lucky, of course), but on the bright side I WILL have loads more time on my hands.
So thanks, Obamacare! And double thanks, President Obama!
Who knew that “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” could be this much fun?!?