We see a daily drumbeat of negative news about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on individuals and the economy — see this report on Friday from Fox News. Rising premiums, loss of full time jobs, bigger deficits, and so much more all tied to ObamaCare.
That’s why I was pleased to see Jason Furman, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, come out with a presentation and report on Friday at the Center for American Progress detailing “The Economic Benefits of the Affordable Care Act.” Like it or not, we have to keep driving home these facts as often as possible because ACA’s opponents still have the advantage with public opinion.
What are these facts?
For example, many charges that the ACA would cause economic havoc have been disproven. First, the ACA is not a “job killer” — since the major ACA expansion took effect on January 1 2014, we’ve had the strongest year of private sector job growth, 3.1 million, since 1998. Second, the ACA has not created a “part-time job” economy, with employers pushing workers into part-time work to avoid health insurance responsibilities — see this chart from the CEA. Part time employment has gone slightly down while full-time employment is increasing at the best rate since President Bill Clinton’s tenure.
Meanwhile, we can see indications Continue reading “Economic Facts and the ACA”