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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Ryan Flirts With Obamacare Truth

It's a case of yeah, but:

At least one Republican is setting the record straight on what the Congressional Budget Office actually said this week about Obamacare and its effect on jobs.

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained in a Wednesday hearing with CBO director Steven Elmendorf that the health care reform law wouldn't cost the U.S. economy more than 2 million jobs, as many of his colleagues alleged, but that Americans would choose to work less.

"I want to make sure we accurately understand what it is you are saying," Ryan said, before leading Elmendorf through a series of questions to explain the report and its findings.
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"Just to understand, it is not that employers are laying people off," Ryan said.

"That is right," Elmendorf said.
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To be clear, Ryan wasn't thrilled with the CBO's finding. He said he was "troubled" by the report because it suggested that Obamacare was encouraging 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."

"This means fewer people will do that," he said.

So kinda missed the point about job-lock--stuff the GOP used to be concerned about--but it was a little refreshing to see him debunk the claims floating around.  That said, I suspect this will be the new rhetorical tack: make Obamacare into just a crutch for the poor to stay lazy to dismiss its success.

ntodd

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