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POSTED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:22pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 2:35pm

How's our free healthcare coming along?

Forbes reports Obamacare kills 2.5 Million jobs and that doesn't count independent contractors

One of the precepts of Obamacare is all employees ought to have affordable health coverage. That's a laudable goal, but the details have become more than messy. Besides, after the website gaffes, the 'like-your-plan-keep-your-plan' debacle, and other stumbles, what's the cost?

Now, the Congressional Budget Office released a 182-page Budget and Economic Outlook tallying the effect of Obamacare on the job market. It turns out, if you don't make people work, they may not want to work. The report claims that by 2024, Obamacare will reduce the size of the U.S. labor force by 2.5 million full-time-equivalent workers, roughly triple CBO's estimate three years ago.

Perhaps, only in Washington, could someone turn such a dire report on its head. It takes an optimist to see the true silver lining. Heck, this glass isn't just half full, it's filling right up to the brim, and with lemonade to boot.

Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. What dreams? Just sitting at home?

This is the biggest incentive for folks to just give up and stick their hand out. Us working people are being played for suckers, big time.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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Who is Paul ? How do you know to call Deaf Smith that? You're just copying me, like you copy everything parroting that which you're ignorant about. Like when Obama couldn't pronounce "corp" when the word Marine appeared before it or, that the sky is falling, you are clueless to the world around you, a piece of indoctrinated ...loam.

Carpetbagger, add to your list of, "Things that are wrong with you"; the insistence that you are always right. Roses are susceptible to fungi and require sand. Your corporate greed/Union Socialist /rant like sand doesn't hold water. 1) Profits are derived from demand hence a quality product 2) A profit does not by necessity come from stepping on the neck of others. 3) The recall was made at the company's expense. 4) Lazy Socialist Union govt. workers stamped the meat as inspected when it was not


Be happy the beef was recalled and all the companies are trying to get people to bring it back.

You really think beef inspection is 100 percent accurate? You would have to inspect every cow, every side of beef, every pound sold to do that. But do notice it all came from CALIFORNIA, one of the most pathetic liberal states with lots and lots of regulation.

Oh, and E Coli is stopped by just cooking the meat throughly.

Shocking news, right idiot?

@Paul, Yankee idiot didn't cut and paste the whole story; " Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number "EST. 527" inside the USDA mark of inspection." Seems his beloved Unionized govt. employees stamped the seal of inspection when they in fact were out riding camels.

Yankee idiot blames corporate greed for bringing an inferior product to market, forgetting that profits are the fruit of a good product. Idiot parrots the Socialist mantra that all corporations are evil and heads should roll. He forgets that the blame for a bad product making it's way to market is the final responsibility of govt. inspectors. He also forgets to mention that these gov. employees are mostly Affirmative Hires protected in their poor job performance by a Union.

You're OFF TOPIC again yankee. That corporate greed stuff might sell where you come from, a land of socialist labor unions, but in Texas we turn greed into jobs. Go home !

Jobs that require you to apply for welfare SJ

I'd rather see an illegal going to work at the red light than a yankee with a U-Haul.

According to the AP, the CPO report stated that the ACA won't so much force employers to cut hours, rather employees will opt to work fewer hours so to qualify for ACA subsidies. The ACA is not giving people the freedom stay home with the kids, read them bedtime stories and what ever else the spin says, it's locking, or enslaving, more low information, low income voters into poverty.
In all fairness, the report also says the CPO still thinks the ACA will reduce the deficit.


They ALWAYS 'revise' it downward in the next quarter. But then, they moved the department that makes the stats INTO the Whitehouse just this last year. Yea, they are now directly under Obama and thus a propaganda piece. They are not the CBO.


And idiot, the economy 'grew' at a whole 1.7 percent. That is crawling. Been crawling for FIVE YEARS now.

2014 is here. The real 'poll' is about to come. Obama and the dems had their chance.

The Sahara has no top soil ? What do you call sand? You're the worst kind of know it all, an ignorant one.

sand is not considered top soil sj look it up

Wrong again yankee idiot. Try convincing our local rose growers that sand is unsuitable for agriculture. Sand dunes are fertile for grasses, shrubs. and a variety of trees including the Palm tree. I know, you're an expert because you rode a camel around the Pyramids once.

idiot, Not all of them are married. And THEY DON"T HAVE THE MONEY. They will wait till they are SICK, then get insurance, get well, and then CANCEL the insurance. No law against that idiot. It's their choice, right?

The stockmarket is not JOBS. Notice how they are trying to get the unemployment benefits extended in congress. Why? LOTS of people unemployed and cannot find jobs. Employment rate stats don't include those who dropped off the rolls cause they ran out of benefits!

And idiot, if you read that book you will find it was written by Ayn Rand. She is well know to have wrote: “We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality."

Forcing millions of people to reduce work hours, and pay, while they owe on houses, cars, etc... will not only bankrupt them, slow down the economy MORE, but WILL ANGER THEM SO MUCH AT MID-TERMS Dems will be lucky if the Republicans don't have a super majority.

Hope for change in 2014. Big change.

And Obummer, Hillary, and the rest have not been caught in everything from out right lying to letting people get killed in our embasy. Democrats have nothing either, thats why its time to kick them all out and start with all new people and send Washington a message because our government is way out of control and killing this country.

You keep your mind open, that explains the void between your ears.

He does have the right name though.

Yea right, and the sky is falling too huh. Recession is still very much alive and getting worse by the month. They can make anything look good on paper. How many Americans still out of work? How many have had their benefits run out? How many don't have unemployment to fall back on in the first place? How many illegals working jobs that Americans should be doing, but are not because illegals work cheaper? How many companies taking advantage of the poor economy and paying less money w/o benefits?

Yea Suzukirider, who can afford retire? In fact would-be retirees have now found their pensions won't make it. Couples find their paychecks won't cover expenses for the month. In fact on the news it talks about people living from paycheck to paycheck.

Lazy? Hahaha sure.

You need to read the book, "Atlas Shrugged" and find out what 'Going Galt' means. If the middle class goes GALT then America is bankrupt.

Hope to change the Senate in 2014. No Dems in congress is the goal!

It could allow working mothers (or fathers) to cut their hours short to spend more time with the kids, instead of being forced to work somewhere 40 hours a week just so they can get health insurance. It will allow people who would like to start their own business to do so without losing coverage. The estimated 2.5 million is just about people being lazy. It's about people not being tied to their jobs just so they can get health insurance.

Oops left out the "not". Should have said....The estimated 2.5 million is NOT just about people being lazy.

Who can afford to retire with this economy

I did before the age of 50 and almost 32 years of working with the same employer

So what will happen?

The a) insurance companies will drop people, b) older workers will say 'to heck with it, and c) young workers will not sign up for Obamacare.

And that spells BANKRUPTCY for Obamacare.

But as idiot said... it's a free country and people can chose to walk away from Obamacare.

Meanwhile the news says the economy stinks. 2nd quarter was a bummer. So the recession will continue in it's 5th year.

Hope for change in 2014. Unemploy the Democrats. Let them sign up for Obamacare.

If you are given the choice, would you accept a million dollars or work the rest of your life?


So here we have incentives for a) insurance companies to drop people from their roles or else be fined by the government, b) people to cut back or work or else be taxed extra by the government, and c) young working people to skip Obamacare (and pay a $100 fine) or end up paying thousands each month for Obamacare.

All caused by the government (Obama.)

Hope for change in 2014. Vote Dems out.

"Thinking minds", like yours from the state that brought us four more years of O' buckwheat? Did you digest the part about the CBO flip-flopping on it's earlier reports, this non-partisan govt. agency that is always wrong in favor of big govt. That this job loss is of no matter being "baby boomers" who can now quit and live off the sweat of others is of that Socialist Labor Union mentality that turned your home state into a wasteland of unemployed and sent your carpetbagging butt to Texas.

You wouldn't know a fact if it pushed you out of your home. Your off topic Cut and Paste comments from Yahoo and Politico which you define as facts are as meaningless as your politics. Tell me again how your liberal Yankee homeland is better than Texas, or how the most conservative state in the Nation has enough jobs that even a Carpetbagger like you can have one. Why don't you "crawfish" back to Yankeeland and make room for people who don't want to sponge off others.

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