CBO: Under Obamacare 7 million to lose employer-provided health insurance

CBO: Under Obamacare 7 million to lose employer-provided health insurance

Heritage ObamacareRemember the president’s assurance back when he was working feverishly to sell Obamacare to an apprehensive populace? He said repeatedly, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.” The claim was so dubious that even PolitiFact rated the promise in August of 2009 as half-true.

Now a new report by the Congressional Budget Office suggests the fact-checking site might have been erring on the side of caution.

The nonpartisan government agency estimates that 7 million Americans will lose their employer-provided health insurance once the law becomes fully implemented.

The reason, Keith Koffler of White House Dossier notes, is “intrinsic to the health care law” itself. A key provision gives employers a choice. They can either continue to offer insurance to their employees, or they can drop the plan and pay a penalty (read: “tax”). Since the penalty will be cheaper in virtually every instance, the decision is a no-brainer.

Another unintended consequence of the health care law resides in the requirement that companies with 50 or more full-time employees provide health coverage or pay the penalty. Many companies barely above the threshold will either cut enough workers to sidestep the requirement or reduce their hours, effectively making them part-time.

Thus at a time when 12.3 million Americans are still struggling to find work, a new law will go into effect that provides a disincentive to employers to hire them. Talk about your lose-lose situations.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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