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  •  That's exactly it (15+ / 0-)

    You've nailed it.  If most of these people are only holding onto jobs to keep the benefits and are as a result of the ACA now able to finally retire, or stay at home to raise their children, etc., then the jobs they were holding will become available to those who currently are looking for jobs but have been unable to find them.

    I personally think this is part of the reason Republicans hate the ACA -- it give freedom to workers to leave a crappy job rather than hang onto it just for the benefits, and if the labor pool decreases, it gives workers more leverage in negotiating benefits and the like.  What a lot of people don't get is that a lot of businessfolk LIKE higher unemployment -- it means that there are a lot of hungry workers out there willing to work for peanuts and take tons of abuse from their employer because they'd have nowhere else to go.

    •  Or maybe their jobs (6+ / 0-)

      will be filled by those down the line -- a manager retires, an assistant manager moves up to take that job, someone else moves up to assistant manager, and so on, till a space is at the bottom of the ladder for an entry-level worker to take that job, and everyone else moving up gets a boost in salary for the promotions.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 03:11:40 PM PST

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    •  The CBO is predicting a net reduction in hours (0+ / 0-)

      worked.

      Those jobs will not be filled.

      •  You're suggesting that all those businesses are (4+ / 0-)

        voluntarily cutting back also. That's baloney. The effective business owner and manager will always be looking for ways to increase their business, or at least meet previous performance numbers. The only reason fo-profit businesses cut back is if they're losing money. But if wages rise and new workers are added to the workforce, most businesses will continue to thrive and compete.

        To suggest they will cut back because some of their employees choose to in their individual work schedules is illogical and short sighted.

        There's no reason to fear constructive change...

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        by Beastly Fool on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 03:50:09 PM PST

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