House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained in a Wednesday hearing with CBO director Steven Elmendorf that the health care reform law wouldn't cost the U.S. economy more than 2 million jobs, as many of his colleagues alleged, but that Americans would choose to work less. [...]Actually, he should be thrilled. In those 2 million people leaving their jobs, there will most surely be a significant chunk of "job creators," the anti-moochers who are such a fetish of the GOP. He's a Republican, though, so he can ignore that inconvenient fact and focus on all the people who are rejecting the "dignity of work." But maybe Ryan's momentary brush with truthfulness means that "2 million jobs lost" won't be the GOP mantra between now and November.
"Just to understand, it is not that employers are laying people off," Ryan said.
"That is right," Elmendorf said. [...]
To be clear, Ryan wasn't thrilled with the CBO's finding. He said he was "troubled" by the report because it suggested that Obamacare was encouraging Americans "not to get on the ladder of life, to begin working, getting the dignity of work, getting more opportunities, rising the income, joining the middle class."
"This means fewer people will do that," he said.
Probably not, but maybe.