Good news, everybody!

According to today’s NY Times editorial, yesterday’s CBO prediction of 2.5 million lost jobs, due to Obamacare, is actually “mostly a good thing.”

And, liberating!

Who knew?

Via Washington Examiner: New York Times editorial: CBO job loss predictions ‘mostly a good thing’

After the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Obamacare will cause the loss of 2.5 million jobs in the next 10 years, the New York Times editorial on Wednesday called the news “mostly a good thing.”

Here is their b.s. Obama water-carrying absurd spin take on the CBO report:

Via The New York Times: Freeing Workers From the Insurance Trap

The Congressional Budget Office reported on Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by 2.5 million over the next decade. That is mostly a good thing, a liberating result of the law. Of course, Republicans immediately tried to brand the findings as “devastating” and stark evidence of President Obama’s health care reform as a failure and a job killer. It is no such thing….

Some workers may have had a pre-existing condition and will now be able to leave work because insurers must accept all applicants without regard to health status and charge premiums unrelated to health status. Some may have felt they needed to keep working to pay for health insurance, but now new government subsidies will help pay premiums, making it more possible for them to leave their jobs….

The new law will free people, young and old, to pursue careers or retirement without having to worry about health coverage. Workers can seek positions they are most qualified for and will no longer need to feel locked into a job they don’t like because they need insurance for themselves or their families. It is hard to view this as any kind of disaster.

With regard to the New York Times, I think the family of Leonard Smith, a WWII and Korean War veteran, got it perfectly right:

Via Washington Times: Obituary wish to world: Cancel your New York Times

…His obituary, published in after his Nov. 27, 2013, death: “Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him.”

And the punchline finish: “In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.”

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  1. LucyLadley says:

    Such Spin from the New York Times, I am amazed! But after reading Leonard Smith’s obituary, I guess I shouldn’t be amazed. What a wonderful man he must have been!

    • Maynard says:

      The ability of intelligent human beings to rationalize nonsense is astounding and terrifying. At some point it moves past “spin” into the realm of “Orwellian”. You know, “Freedom is slavery.” “War is peace.” And now, “Unemployment is liberation.”

      Hey, if we work at it hard enough, we can get back to the glory days of the Great Depression. But why stop there? Let’s dream of a glorious utopia with 100% unemployment!

      Oh, I suppose people are expected to “find themselves” eventually, and in theory end up with high-paying jobs doing something they love, like testing mattresses or watching television. And don’t get me wrong; I think it’s great to be pursuing your dream, and to seek your perfect place in the world. But in removing the guardrails that provide incentive to drag your ass to work and bring home the bacon and raise your family, we’ve created a culture of arrested development. We become a nation of children, with no greater focus than pursuit of our own self-centered gratification. This is a formula for extinction.

  2. Alain41 says:

    So the NYT agrees that colleges losing students is a good thing too. Because many have a preexisting condition such as illiteracy. Others can now pursue their passion that doesn’t involve higher education.

  3. hbmuzik says:

    Ah! Freedom!! er, buzzword!

  4. Maynard says:

    Ah, I see Taranto has posted on this issue as well. “American Idle”. He concludes with the zinger:

    Working for pay is supposed to be liberating for women because it frees them from dependency on men. How can one square that with this new claim that dependence on the government is liberating because it allows people not to work?

    Add that to the Orwellian dialect: Dependence is independence.

  5. ReardenSteel says:

    I keep hearing “Stretch” Pelosi’s voice ringing in my ears. Now people can pursue their passions. Write poetry, paint, read philosophy. Follow their hearts and dreams without having to fear about how to pay for their medical care. The upside is we will become a nation of lazy, entitled, self-obsessed slaves living in the utopian paradise of the worker.

    What? Not enough workers to maintain “paradise”? Sorry, no upside. Just tyranny and slavery. My bad.

  6. Alain41 says:

    Can’t say that this is job loss, but IBM is looking to liberate (sell) its computer chip manufacturing business.

    In other no job news, Bosnia is also rioting in addition to Ukraine.
    “I am 28 years old and I have been unemployed for more than 10 years. I cannot feed my children.”

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