Healthcare Reform & Jobs

Healthcare Reform & Jobs

Will “ObamaCare” kill jobs? The new Affordable Care Act healthcare reform law is modeled after the Massachusetts healthcare law, “RomneyCare,” and the Urban Institute recently studied the situation there. So has RomneyCare killed jobs in Massachusetts?

No.

“Will the Affordable Care Act Be a Job Killer?” Lisa Dubay, John Holahan, Sharon K. Long, and Emily Lawton, Urban Institute Health Policy Center

But beware. ObamaCare will affect your job if your boss is a lunatic, right-wing, GOP ideologue:

“Vegas Employer: Obama Won, So I Fired 22 Employees,” Kevin Wall, KXNT NewsRadio

“Obamacare Layoffs: Georgia Businessman Claims He Fired Workers Because Obama Won,” Jillian Berman, Zach Carter, Huffington Post

“Business Owner Fires Employees Over Obama Win; Koch Brothers to Follow Suit?” Benge Nsenduluka, Christian Post

“Applebee’s CEO Threatens To Fire Employees And Freeze Hiring Because Of Obamacare,” Annie-Rose Strasser, Think Progress

“Companies plan massive layoffs as Obamacare becomes reality,” Kenny Pickett, Washington Times

“Job loss an early consequence of election,” The Examiner

“Bob Murray lays off 102 Utah miners in response to Obama win,” Mike Gorrell, The Salt Lake Tribune

Fear-mongering right-wing media outlets claim there will be massive layoffs due to ObamaCare implementation, but those are the same pundits who predicted a Romney landslide:

“Internet rumors of massive job layoffs unfounded, economists say,” John Hollenhorst, KSL News

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Image (“Healthcare USA, after Anton Bruehl”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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