Congressional Democrats and Republicans disagree on the overall message by a Congressional Budget Office report looking at the effects of Obamacare will have on the labor force.
GOP leaders interpreted the report as indicating that approximately 2.5 million jobs will be lost through 2024 because of the health care law.
However Democrats, including 6th District Congressman James Clyburn, counter that the report says that the labor force would shrink by the equivalent of about 2.5 million jobs. Clyburn said there is a difference between choosing to leave a job or work part-time and losing a job.
“The Affordable Care Act is providing a plethora of choices for people that they’ve never had before and because of these choices they will be a bit more mobile in the workplace,” Clyburn said during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning.
Clyburn said with a health care plan secured through exchanges, more people will choose to work fewer hours or leave a job, for instance through early retirement, because their health care is not attached to their employment.
“They can choose to stay on the job if it’s a productive job that they feel good about, rather than be hostage to a work environment only because you need it to have benefits,” he said.