Obama administration officials and Democrats continue to furiously defend the CBO report from last week, which reported that the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time jobs will be lost within the decade because of ObamaCare. The fact that they are still on their heels on this issue speaks to how much it has rocked the boat.
If you missed the Sunday shows, the Washington Free Beacon has a round-up here, and you can see that the Democrats had a unified message on this issue: the CBO report is a good thing because not working gives you more freedom!
Here's an example. New York Senator Chuck Schumer told “Meet the Press” the following: "What CBO said is that many American workers would have freedom. Now that's a good word, freedom to do things that they couldn't do. The single mom who's raising three kids, has to keep a job because of health care, can now spend some time raising those kids. That's a family value. The student, 27 years old, wants to finish school quickly so he can get a great job, can't because he needs health care, is now free." This is a warped definition of freedom. Freedom to be dependent on government isn't exactly what our founders had in mind.
Here's another example. This is Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison's attempt to spin the news: "We are going to have parents being able to come home, working reasonable hours. People are going to be able to retire. People might actually be able to cook dinner rather than have to order out and get some takeout." He goes on to say, "If you look at international comparisons country by country, Americans work way more that the average of industrialized countries around the world." Americans work more but we are also more productive and therefore have higher living standards than people around the world. It is not Keith Ellison's – nor the government's – role to decide that we work too much. As a hard-working individual, I'm sure there were plenty of nights where you wish you could go home and cook dinner for your family. But you also knew that your hard work and sacrifice would pay off in the long-run and therefore you worked those extra hours.
I get the impression that the harder they push on this one, the more skeptical Americans become. After all, Democrats have misled us on a number of occasions about the merits of ObamaCare, which have turned out to be untrue. Why should we believe them when they tell us that this will be a good thing, when instinctually it doesn't feel like it?
On top of the CBO report, bad news and controversy continues to hit the newswires regarding ObamaCare. Here are just some of the latest …
Report: Pile-up of Obamacare regulations awaiting approval (The Daily Caller)
HHS Cannot Find Belarus Malware in Obamacare Networks (Washington Free Beacon)
Millions Trapped in Health-Law Coverage Gap (Wall Street Journal)
'Doc Shock' Reaches the Masses (Bloomberg)