Bill Maher took to task the attempts by right wing naysayers to demonize Obamacare as a job “destroyer.” Of course at this point the lie has been debunked by many sources, including the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the folks who have been quoted ad nauseam by conservatives as their source.
Now, the comedians are having a turn, and this time Bill Maher sits down with a panel including Alicia Menendez to debunk the nonsense swirling around the CBO, the jobs that were never destroyed, and why people deciding not to work is good for America.
Here’s the transcript below in part.
[box type=”shadow”]BILL MAHER: Let me ask about this other issue that was in the news this week, which I think is a good thing, the decoupling of Obamacare, or healthcare, from employment. But, it was reported in the press differently. Now, what happened was the CBO — that’s the Congressional budget office — they are the arbiters, they are the umpires. We say they are impartial. I’ve quoted them many times, and say, ‘look, they are the impartial ones.’
Okay, what they said was Obamacare, over 10 years, will reduce employment by 2 million people. Okay, somehow in the media that got to be Obamacare will kill jobs. But I don’t think that’s what’s happening. What it means is that because people now, of course, can decouple, and by the way, we should never have coupled employment with healthcare in the first place. We did that during World War II because they throw salaries, so it was a way of giving a worker a benefit.
Okay, now, you know, because they passed that thing which Republicans agree with too, we should not — if you have a pre-existing condition, you have to cover that. So now people don’t have to stay in their job to get covered. So these are people choosing to leave the workforce because they finally can. Isn’t that a good thing?
ALICIA MENENDEZ: Yeah, I mean, it creates opportunity — it basically is a game of musical chairs where we have the same number of chairs but less people competing to sit in those chairs. So it creates opportunity, and as you said, free people up. So that means: you want to go hang out with your grandkids? You can do that. You want to start a business? You can do that because you’re no longer dependent on your job for your healthcare.
BILL MAHER: Yeah disincentives to work are not always a bad thing. Americans work too much. Americans are over-worked, overstressed. They take less vacation time. They don’t retire when they want to. Not everything is GDP.[/box]
Watch the entire discussion with Bill Maher below.