Unhappy with cartoon about health care

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 17, 2014 

How ironic! The Herald's Opinion section on Feb. 11 had a factual account of how the Affordable Care Act is benefitting many residents of Whatcom County, written by the executive director of the Interfaith Community Health Center.

The cartoon above that column claimed that the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare is causing job losses. I believe this is a distortion of a recent report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which predicted that the Affordable Care Act would shrink the nation's workforce by the equivalent of more than two million full-time positions.

The CBO report didn't say that people would lose their jobs. What it did say was that the reduction would be "almost entirely because workers will choose to supply less labor." Some people will be able to retire earlier because they don't have to continue working to keep their health insurance. Others will work fewer hours because access to reasonably priced health insurance will no longer be dependent on working full-time.

The same report estimated that Obamacare enrollment by the end of this year will be six million and the number of uninsured will be reduced by 13 million. The original predictions were seven million and 14 million, respectively. Hardly a "train wreck"!

Philip Humphries

Bellingham

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