The numbers tell the tale. As relayed by the Wall Street Journal:
Now CBO—full of liberal-leaning economists—says the economy will lose the equivalent of two million full-time workers by 2017 and 2.5 million over the next decade, a threefold increase over its prior estimate.
No matter how you spin it, that’s a large number of people no longer in the work force as full-time workers. But, naturally, since it’s such a disaster for Democrats, they are spinning as fast as their fingers can fly.
This spin, as reported by Politico,
…the administration said Tuesday, the health care law will allow people to choose to work less because they’ll be able to get health insurance.
And, from the WSJ,
[Under Obamacare] “individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
Get that? It’s not a bug, it’s a feature! People will “be empowered to make choices” to work less.” And, it’s all about “choices.” But it isn’t really. It’s coercion. People are going to have to choose between lower pay if they go part time, or going on welfare in order to get me and you, fellow taxpayer, to pay for their healthcare.
And, did you get that heart-tugging “rather than working into their elderly years?” Guess the administration would have us ignore the existence of Medicare, which provices health insurance to anyone who turns 65. In other words, ObamaCare is irrelevant to any decision as to whether to stay on the job or retire if you are close the nominal retirement age of 65.
Can’t speak for anyone else, but I was raised with the notion that it is shameful to be on welfare if you have the option of working. But the whole point of ObamaCare is to expand the welfare state and redistribute income.
How else to explain the administration making a virtue of the vice of being a deadbeat? So, since ObamaCare may result in millions fewer of full-time equivalent workers, that’s a feature of the law. Or, as the WSJ concludes, “There you have it: the new American dream of not working.”