White House in damage control over CBO report
|By Brian Hughes; Brian Hughes, White House Correspondent|
Senior administration officials, in damage control over a report showing Obamacare would eliminate 2.5 million full-time jobs over the next decade, sought to refute claims Tuesday that
A new report from the
Republicans immediately pounced on the study to argue that Obamacare was a jobs-killer -- a message Democrats are trying to shake off ahead of challenging midterm elections.
Aware of the political liability, the
A senior administration official argued the study proved that Obamacare "won't cause businesses to dramatically cut back on jobs" - - but that "workers would choose to supply a different amount of labor."
According to the report, Obamacare will reduce the total number of hours worked by 1.5 to 2 percent between the years 2017 and 2024. The agency said the change is "almost entirely" because workers will choose to work less.
Still, the CBO report gives conservatives ample fodder to portray the Affordable Care Act both as damaging to the economy and unpopular with most Americans.
The report also found that six million people, not seven million individuals as projected by the
And though senior administration officials said they respected the CBO's work, they cast doubt on some of the findings.
One senior administration official argued the report was "incomplete" and was "being misinterpreted."
"There's also a lot of debates around key parameters" of the report, the senior administration official added.
In essence, the
Republicans, however, mocked such arguments.
"If you believe that," one House GOP aide said, "I have a bridge to sell you."
Obama is meeting with House Democrats at the
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