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Now that’s a slogan…

Posted on: February 7, 2014

Good afternoon Widdershin friends.  I hope this is a not just a good Friday, but a great Friday for you.

I dunno, DIY rhinoplasty seemed like a good idea...

I dunno, DIY rhinoplasty seemed like a good idea…

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing one of these posts is how to start it.  This is one of those posts.  It’s difficult because today’s subject combines  purposeful misrepresentation with political motive, but they are so entwined as to ultimately do harm to those actually promoting the misrepresentation.  In other words, it is something like describing the therapeutic benefits of Pinocchio performing do-it-yourself rhinoplasty.  Go figure — the subject does lend itself to a certain irony worthy of a post.

As most of you probably have read, the Congressional Budget Office has released an updated set of estimates for the economy.  On page 39 of the CBO report there was an update on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the labor force.  Granted, the report talks in the elementary concepts of supply and demand within the labor force, but anyone who has successfully applied Oxy-10 for zits should be able to understand the concepts.

The report estimates Obamacare will reduce the supply of labor by about 2.3 million workers, an increase from the CBO’s prior estimate of 800,000 workers.  This reduction in the supply of labor will be from people voluntarily, I emphasize voluntarily, leaving jobs since they are no longer tethered to their jobs for the purposes of insurance — meaning people finally have a choice.

This report doesn’t say employers are reducing their demand for labor.  Just the converse is true — with these 2.3 million workers leaving their jobs, there will be an increase in the demand for replacement workers.  That is good news.

Not good news to the Republicans who ran over each other to get to microphones or Twitter accounts.  Just like Punxsutawney Phil — Mitch McTurtle emerged from his shell to proclaim, “Obamacare means the loss of 2.0 Million jobs.”  John Boehner and Eric Cantor joined the chorus along with the Heritage Foundation, Limbaugh, Hannity, the Faux News crew, and just about any Tea Party House member evolved to the point of enjoying both opposable thumbs and a Twitter account.

The headline writers of newspapers and online services took the bait, but of course they took the bait in order to promote a fake controversy.  These headline writers ignored other noteworthy facts such as the premiums under Obamacare are a full 15% lower than initially estimated.  There’s also an informed belief the “risk corridors” created under the ACA to protect against adverse actuarial impact will actually result not in increased spending, but with the insurance companies actually paying the federal government around $8.0 Billion.  You didn’t see those headlines because those headlines weren’t written.

The good news of employees no longer having to stay in jobs for insurance coverage has huge policy implications.  It will not only open employment opportunities for replacement workers, it opens new horizons for those who previously couldn’t cut insurance umbilical cords.  It will free workers to pursue other interests — start a new career, start a new business, or even spend more time with their families — all good and admirable societal goals.  Goals heretofore espoused by the very same people who are now critical.

Hate my job...A good news fact you don’t readily hear discussed is that when people are in jobs they love and utilizing their talents, they are more productive and most importantly, happier.  A societal goal so cheeky as to have been embodied in the Constitution by the words, “Pursuit of happiness.”

While I won’t cast aspersions on the strategic thinking of those crafting the Republican message on this issue, I’ll only say their family reunions are undoubtedly held in the lush jungle canopies of Borneo.  Given the real significance of the CBO report and its subsequent misrepresentation, the Republican Party is really peddling this slogan:

Work years longer in a job you hate

for an hourly wage we have no intention of raising.

Now that’s a slogan.

This is an open thread.

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11 Responses to "Now that’s a slogan…"

Sorry Chat, I wrote this last evening and didn’t realize you had covered this yesterday. Since I was running late, I posted it without checking. My bad…

Prolix, as I commented on chat’s post yesterday, while this may give folks an opportunity to not be tied to a job because of health care benefits, I can’t imagine a lot of folks quitting a job just because they could now get healthcare through the ACA. It would have been extremely difficult for me to choose to quit my job with the Feds with the premium I would pay for health care and then leave and take a policy through the exchanges and pay the much higher rate for health insurance there.

Granted, the report talks in the elementary concepts of supply and demand within the labor force, but anyone who has successfully applied Oxy-10 for zits should be able to understand the concepts.

Perhaps that’s my problem: during my teen age years I used Clearasil and not Oxy-10. The instructions for Oxy-10 would have probably been too demanding for me. 😉

(I left the wink off my comment!)

My husband is being forcibly “retired” at the end of the month; so far, the only silver plans with dental ( a must for me, I’m Irish) and vision all cost about $1400 per month.
$1400 per month!!!

Fredster I De-Declair is finally done Help!

Sue@3: Is this a situation where your husband will have health coverage for himself and you are looking to cover just yourself, or are you looking for coverage for both of you? Do you know if y’all are eligible for any subsidy?

Fuzzy: Are you going to be home anytime tomorrow? I can try to give you a call.

Fredster:
We’re looking for both of us for a year until my husband is eligible for
Social Security and Medicare.
We aren’t eligible for subsidies but we sure aint’ rich.

Sweet Sue@7: Ah, okay. There are a good number of folks that are in that “inbetween” situation; can’t get a subsidy and not rich either.

Here’s one suggestion: Have you taken a look at the dental program from AARP? It looks like it’s available in all 50 states.

https://www.deltadentalins.com/aarp/us/choosing-plan.html

There are two plans available and I have the Plan A but there’s a 2nd plan that covers just a little bit less. Perhaps you could take the AARP dental plan and then drop that as an issue with a health plan. I don’t know how the numbers would work for you doing that, but it might be something to look at.

Fredster I will be home Sunday Afternoon hugs to everyone
!

Thanks for the tip, Fredster. I’ll check out AARP.

Fuzzy I’ll give you a call Sunday afternoon.

@Sue: That might be something that helps out. You get three checkups a year and the plan covers fillings, crowns and even implants. Now there a max amt. per year they pay and generally for crowns and fillings, it’s been a situation where I pay about half and they pay half. Another thing to look at on the health plans is, if neither you nor your husband take a lot of medications/maintenance meds, you might want to consider a plan that has less prescription coverage. I take about 5 meds that I consider maintenance medications so I was looking for a plan that had a mail order component for 90 day supplies and that would be cheaper by doing that. But if these things aren’t a need y’all have and it’s only going to be for one year, then a less generous drug program might be an area y’all could consider.

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