"It will bankrupt our nation, and it will ruin our economy! ... This health care law ... is already destroying jobs in our country."
- John Boehner, January 2011
"We now know that Obamacare has been one of the single biggest drags on job creation since early 2010."
- Mitch McConnell, March 2012
"Obamacare is a job killing disaster."
- Rand Paul, August 2014
"We thought there would be ... job loss, and that has, in fact, occurred."
- Mitch McConnell, August 2014
In fact, Senator McConnell, just the opposite has occurred:
Most of the attention surrounding today's jobs report
will focus on the news that 248,000 jobs were created in September. But the more important aspect of today's report is its confirmation of a four-and-a-half year trend that has seen American jobs coming back from the devastation of the Great Recession.
To use Sen. McConnell's words, what we "now know" is that American businesses have added more than 10 million jobs since Obamacare was enacted in "early 2010." This represents a dramatic turnaround from the 3.6 million private-sector jobs lost in the previous decade as a result of the economic policies of the Republican Party (a party that Senator McConnell describes, without a hint of irony, as "the party of the private sector").
Today's news comes on the heels of a report out of Kentucky by the Lexington Herald-Leader using state-level data to debunk Sen. McConnell's claims about Obamacare killing jobs:
Economists Reject Republicans' Claims that Health Law is Decimating Kentucky Jobs
Politically, the frequently repeated claim might be effective.... Factually, the claim doesn't appear to be accurate. Kentucky had 26,271 more people working last month than it did in March 2010 when President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state's unemployment rate in that same period fell from 10.5 percent to 7.1 percent.
Manoj Shanker, an economist at the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, said the health care law "is expected to be a net gain for the economy."
"It is definitely expected to create jobs, and not just for doctors and nurses," Shanker said.
Against that background, consider the following statement by Sen. McConnell:
"The November 2014 election is very likely to be a referendum on Obamacare."
- Mitch McConnell
In the final month of the 2014 campaign, Democrats should embrace -- not run from -- Senator McConnell's framing of the election. For years, Republicans in Congress have been telling the American people that Obamacare will kill jobs, hurt Medicare, and blow up the deficit. They were wrong on all three counts, and now is the time to set the record straight.
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