Taking Obamacare out for a spin

Liberal media contort to put happy face on grim economic picture

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Last September, physicists in Scotland reported creating the world’s fastest-spinning manmade object. A tiny sphere of atoms briefly accelerated to 600 million revolutions per minute.

That still isn’t as fast as the latest spin engineered by liberal media to defend the latest Obamacare debacle.

The Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday that the president’s Affordable Care Act will reduce America’s number of full-time workers by more than 2 million over 10 years. Virtually anyone confronted with that fact could correctly surmise that this a horrible turn of economic events.

But no sooner was this news released that media outlets unveiled their fun-house mirrors to show people their distorted interpretation of the announcement.

Typical was a headline from a Los Angeles Times blog: “Why the new CBO report on Obamacare is good news.”

Or this headline from MSNBC: “CBO delivers welcome news to Obamacare backers.”

Or this headline from a defensive New York Times editorial: “Freeing workers from the insurance trap.”

Obamacare’s disingenuous defenders assert that we’re not losing jobs; these are just 2 million people who will choose not to pursue full-time jobs – because, notably, they will ascertain that it won’t pay to work harder.

That’s better? Discouraging diligence and industry? Lowering the labor supply to lower economic growth? At a time when we desperately need economic growth?

Liberals would have you believe that walking away from your job gives you the freedom to pursue subsidized Obamacare instead of having to punch a time clock to gain access to your employers’ offered health benefits. (And when jobs and taxes are precisely what fund Obamacare’s subsidies!)

See? You’re not jobless or underemployed. According to The New York Times, you’ve been set free!

And they actually expect you to believe that.

“But,” the editors at National Review write, “the administration still does not seem to be able to get its collective head around the fact that American workers are not just hungry mouths that have to be filled with paychecks: They are people who provide economically valuable goods and services.”

Sure, some people might be happier if they didn’t have to work. But how “happy” will our economy be without the valuable contributions of 2-plus-million people?

Liberals held out hope that CBO head Douglas Elmendorf would vindicate their viewpoint when he testified before the House Budget Committee. In The Washington Post’s left-leaning “Plum Line” blog Tuesday, Greg Sargent wrote expectantly that “this doesn’t have to be a partisan argument. Tomorrow we can find out what the CBO’s own director has to say about it.”

By all means. Here’s what Elmendorf had to say about it Wednesday, verbatim: “The act creates a disincentive for people to work.”

Could it be made any clearer?

Consider all of the problems that have cropped up around Obamacare so far. Policies have been canceled. The website has been a disaster from the start. Insurance companies have surged into upheaval. Bewildered consumers have found it difficult to know where to turn.

Now we’re getting a good look – a bad look perhaps is more accurate – at what we can expect of Obamacare’s long-term effects on the American economy. Our work force will be further hobbled, and taxpayers will be forking over more than $1 trillion in Obamacare funding to make it happen.

This failed approach to health care could very well put our national economy in a coma.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/07/14 - 05:02 am
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Capitalism Meet Socialism

Capitalism meet socialism. There's a reason America was in a shooting war all over the world with socialists for 50 years. The two systems are incompatible. The Soviet Union survived for awhile by keeping its citizens in orderly bread lines with threats of the Gulag. Is this the future of America?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/07/14 - 05:21 am
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The spin machine is hot

"See? You’re not jobless or underemployed. According to The New York Times, you’ve been set free!"

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 02/07/14 - 05:49 am
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Disingenuous? The Chronicle editors are masters at it

The CBO's exact wording:"The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor"

Say a business requires 480 man (or woman) hours to operate during the week and has 12 employees working 40 hours per week. The employees choose to work 30 hours per week instead. There's no reduction in the demand for labor, the business still needs 480 man hours to operate, so they have 16 people working 30 hours per week. Rocket science.

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carcraft 02/07/14 - 06:11 am
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So Bodhisattva, these folks

So Bodhisattva, these folks now join the millions sitting on their rears collecting government dole? How is that good?

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/07/14 - 06:23 am
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mercenaries for a cause, and the ignorance of others

the writing soldiers, with divisions and discipline and generals and privates, their ammunition typed and read and dropped on the undefended masses
who have first been quarantined from education, their only means of defense
it isn't alchemy
when work is transformed into money
but it is stealing
when idleness is made equivalent to work
every single thing subsidized by O'care
is taken from the labor of another
it is all a transaction of labor
and there are no exemptions
only theft
if you leave your car idling in the driveway
it still counts against your gas mileage
subsidies can't exist unless they are taken from the work
of another
and the mercenary media can't be effective
without the ignorance of others
blood toil tears and sweat?
hardly
if we "contemplat[e] our dangers with a disillusioned eye"
we see that this continuing war of marxism on democracy is being won
on tv remotes, ebt cards, public education, and ignorance

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 02/07/14 - 06:35 am
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16 people working instead of

16 people working instead of 12, plus if you're working you won't get that much a break, plus in states like Georgia people don't get any breaks thanks to Nathan "Make checks payable to Real PAC" Deal.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/07/14 - 06:39 am
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bod did you go to a cut rate pasting house today?

"Say a [family] requires 480 man (or woman) hours [of wages] to [feed clothe and house themselves] during the week and has [5 members eating 105 meals] per week. Another 5 member family chooses to work 320 man (or woman, my goodness how asininely clever) hours per week instead. There's no reduction in the demand for [care], the [feeding clothing and housing the lazy family] still needs 480 [WORK] hours to operate, so [the responsible 5 member family] has to start working [600] hours per week [to subsidize the lazy family].
[not] Rocket science."
reality is quite conservative, isn't it?
perhaps you can get subsidized so you can paste from more clever sources?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 02/07/14 - 06:58 am
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The Bad Poets Society

The Bad Poets Society

deestafford
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deestafford 02/07/14 - 07:22 am
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We are fortunate here in the Augusta area...

We are fortunate here in the Augusta area to have a newspaper editorial section who is not afraid to point out that the statist, Marxist-leaning administration and its "sicko-pants" are willingly coming out in the open and advocating moochers now can come out of the shadows and live off the producers while they "find themselves".

The ethos of hard work and self sacrifice which built the greatest country in history now means nothing.

Keep fighting ACES. Keep fighting!

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 02/07/14 - 07:32 am
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24x7=168 hours in a week.

24x7=168 hours in a week. Definitely not rocket science. If it takes that much you won't be eating or dressing unless 3 of of you are working 24/7. The only cut and paste was in quotes from the CBO. Since that's the source of the editorial and the Chronicle failed to quote any of it. Sorry you don't like people do use exact quotes from the CBO instead of the Chronicle twisting them into something they didn't say. Maybe you don't know a cut and paste from.... I subsidize familes who get tax breaks for spitting out kids when I have none, I subsidized (retired so I make way less now) people who inherited their money and live off dividends and pay a maximum lower rate that's less than half what I paid, I subsidize corporate farms, I subsidize the defense contractors. We subsidize all kinds of stuff. Some we like, some we don't. I prefer mine to go to needy families, and the elderly, and disabled for food stamps and health care. Yours can go to bombs and oil companies and the Romneys of the world who can choose their tax rate of less than 14% on millions while killing jobs at the same time, and paying what employees they do keep squat. Have the CEO's, who used to make 30x the average worker but now make 300x-400x the average worker's pay get off the greed train and pay their employees, since average worker pay has barely budged in real dollar since Reagan, and pay their workers a decent wage and offer decent benefits like they used to and people would have a bit more incentive to be "company people" and be loyal and want to work more and stay with a company and work more hours. Profits are at record highs, stocks are at record highs, CEO pay is at record highs, why is pay for the little guy stuck at 1980? Greed at the top and a rigged tax system thanks to politicians bought by those at the top. Dont give me the sob story of the poor, poor people who have to struggle because the rate went up to 39.6% on ADJUSTED incomes over $457,600.

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localguy55 02/07/14 - 07:37 am
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We are now entering the

We are now entering the Liberal reasoning process. A desperate, chaotic, and disorganized form of spinning facts into something that resembles rational thinking. You know the old saying, "no matter how you try, you can't make chicken #$%& into chicken salad. But the Liberals take it a step further. they present it as a main coarse and serve it with fava beans and a nice Chianti.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/07/14 - 07:51 am
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oh, the frustration of living in a van down by the river

for free
when ceo's and the Romneys get to live in a mansion down by the river
for money
all the ills you mention are, think now, caused by the EDUCATION GAP! what is the EDUCATION GAP caused by? GOVERNMENT!
corporations add value to society, they perform some needed service
there is free government therapy to get over class envy
i'm sure you have more than most of the people in the world
way more
yet envy has somehow seeped in to every pore
the "little guy (or girl!)" has little because they've been educated little... by a racist, liberal controlled education system
be jealous of that, why don't ya?

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 02/07/14 - 08:23 am
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Amen!

Brilliant! You really cannot justify Obamacare after this report since it sheds light on the fact that ii is YET ANOTHER GOVERNMENT HANDOUT!! Yes, we need healthcare for people, but the facts now show that this "unaffordable care act" is NOT the way this country needs to go. Now, back to Dr Ben Carson's brilliant idea: health savings accounts for all, where you can keep your doctor, and choose your care, and keep your plan. Wake up people, before its too late!

KSL
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KSL 02/07/14 - 08:42 am
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"They" don't like HSA's

"They" don't like HSA's because they give power to the people to make their own decisions.

Obamacare us the biggest scam ever foisted on the American people.

allhans
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allhans 02/07/14 - 08:49 am
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Don't forget those who decide

Don't forget those who decide to work less hours (or no hours) will get more government funds to assist them either with a larger health care subsidy or the fully subsidized Medicaid, of course some of those part timers can get unemployment insurance, etc...etc...
Who will work the longer hours to pay for this monstrosity.

deestafford
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deestafford 02/07/14 - 08:53 am
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Bod, Let me try to clear up something for you...

Bod, Let me try to clear up something for you and bless your heart it's not necessarily your fault because it's a misconception most of the left has.

A subsidy is when someone receives money taken from someone else; i.e., the taxpayer for doing nothing. These are rightfully provided to the elderly and the infirmed but not to the able bodied.

A "tax break" is not a subsidy. It is a legitimate and legal action taken to keep more of a person's or corporation's money which has been earned. In the case of trust funds, it is hard earned money by a previous generation who was able to provide a service or product that a capitalistic society valued enough that the resulting income produced generational wealth.

To summarize: Subsidy is taking from someone else. Tax break is keeping more of what someone earned.

KSL
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KSL 02/07/14 - 09:05 am
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What is the difference in tax

What is the difference in tax breaks given to businesses and investors and the breaks given to individuals in the way of standard or itemized deductions, etc?

deestafford
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deestafford 02/07/14 - 09:18 am
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The left would really swallow its snuff if...

The left would really swallow its snuff it The FAIR TAX would be implemented as designed in which corporations pay no taxes except on things they buy new at the retail level just like individuals.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 02/07/14 - 09:44 am
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LABOR ...is generally income

LABOR ...is generally income we all have that is pretty secure...i work 40 hours and get paid.. pretty rsik free....those who the left say are getting away with murder because they are taxed less on investments...they just dont understand....there is a trade off for risk...not all investment make money...many just fail...that is why investments are taxed at a lower rate...simple and plain... unless your obumler who invested our money (taxpayers) into failed business like green jobs... he got a return..campaign kick backs...it was us tax payers who got screwed..

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dichotomy 02/07/14 - 10:00 am
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"16 people working instead of

"16 people working instead of 12"

16 people getting Obamacare taxpayer provided SUBSIDIES instead of 12 people paying their own insurance or possibly getting employer provided insurance.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/07/14 - 10:08 am
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"Say a business requires 480
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"Say a business requires 480 man (or woman) hours to operate during the week and has 12 employees working 40 hours per week. The employees choose to work 30 hours per week instead. There's no reduction in the demand for labor, the business still needs 480 man hours to operate, so they have 16 people working 30 hours per week. Rocket science."

So in order for more people to work, they must all make less money. How so very Marxist of you. Take that to a country that wants it.

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raul 02/07/14 - 10:21 am
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Trying to talk sense to a

Trying to talk sense to a liberal is like running full speed into a brick wall. You want to think that you can break through the wall, but in reality you know it's an impossibility.

dahreese
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dahreese 02/07/14 - 10:26 am
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The usual comments from the
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The usual comments from the usual Republican "marks" (although they don't seem to realize they are "marks") who don't realize the editorial was written especially for them by a right-wing newspaper.

How can a newspaper claim to be presenting a balanced viewpoint when day after day its editorials are nothing but recycled conservative gruel?

Which, day after day after day of such repetition amounts to nothing more than propaganda.

Can anyone remember the last time the AC published a liberal editorial?

This 5th estate is in bad shape.

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Bizkit 02/07/14 - 10:37 am
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Look it's simple if you have

Look it's simple if you have little and the govt promises to give to you more income for doing nothing-who would turn down such a deal. The problem is it is unsustainable because it depends on those working-which now there is no incentive because it is taken from you to give to others who do nothing. Workers will continue to drop out and join the non-workers till you have no workers, no taxes, no money. It's idiotic. Humans are selfish animals, even our co-operation and altruism are based on selfish motives. I don't know anyone who goes to work everyday thinking how they are helping society, but how can they provide for themselves, or their family, or grow "their" business, or play the game to get that promotion. Like Michael Douglas on WallStreet said Greed is, for a better word,is good. He is right it breeds excellence and what drives evolution-competition. In natural selection there is a "competition" of individuals in a population such those with traits that aid their reproduction and survival win. Basically you gotta better idea you win. Adaptations.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/07/14 - 10:55 am
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It isn't an "education gap"

It isn't an "education gap" because there is ample opportunity for an education especially for the poorer in our society. There is a "motivation gap". I watched it in kids in college for years-plenty of brains but could care less whether the received a F or an A. So that was the pattern of their grades. You know they can do it (they demonstrate it when they want to)but they just choose not to. Drove me crazy-talking to students-encouraging them, etc. I had one student who never bought a book nor studied and would easily make C's (I'm tough you have to be brilliant to do that well-I couldn't have done it at his age). I'd encourage him to study so sure enough he'd make an A, then back to C's. Such talent I hope doesn't go to waste. Motivation. Motivation trumps natural brains and brawn. As as coach or a teacher I'd rather have ten motivated mediocre athletes or students than ten unmotivated stellar athletes and students. I bet my motivated team would win the majority of time.

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corgimom 02/07/14 - 11:31 am
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What Bodhi said is absolutely

What Bodhi said is absolutely true and makes perfect sense.

Mitt Romney pays less of a percentage of income tax than I do, because his is from investment income.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/07/14 - 11:34 am
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And Bodhi, I know, just like

And Bodhi, I know, just like you, that a tax break that is given to some but not others most certainly is a subsidy.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/07/14 - 11:40 am
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Explain how failure to
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Explain how failure to confiscate someone's earnings is a subsidy? I think you might need a dictionary. And if you are so jealous of Romney, you are free to make a living the same way he did.

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dahreese 02/07/14 - 11:44 am
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"Greed is, for a better
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"Greed is, for a better word,is good...it breeds excellence and what drives evolution-competition."

If that is the case, then we can throw Christianity out the door.

Greed breeds contempt.

It has no rules.

It allows you to step on the neck of the other guy when he's down, or sabotage an honest man's efforts to succeed.

But, being a typical right-wing conservative Republican, I suppose you speak for all like kind.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/07/14 - 01:09 pm
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Just remember, there will
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Just remember, there will always be income inequality as long as there is effort inequality and ability inequality.

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