Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

February 19, 2014

Clarifying the Affordable Care Act

— — The headline at the top of page A-8 of the Feb. 6th issue is misleading and has been misunderstood by the GOP. It is not true that there will be 2.3 million fewer jobs demanded by 2012 as a result of the Affordable Health Care Act.

What is true, according to the CBO is that workers mostly on the upper end will opt to supply the equivalent of that many jobs. There is a difference between supply and demand. Most of the CBO report was citizens lower unemployment, mine housing starts and a strong stock market.

This one sentence was taken out of context and constructed that the AFC Act would kill 2.3 million jobs and was pounced on by the GOP.  People forget that one of the aims of the Social Security Act of 1935 was to allow people over age 65 to leave the work place in order to provide opportunities for younger workers.

Age 65 was just a number that was pulled out of the sky by Otto Von Bismark of Germany in the 19th century. One of the stated aims of the Affordable Health Care Act was to allow older workers to switch careers on or start their own businesses in lieu of hanging around endlessly in jobs just for the health care insurance.

The intent of this part of the law was a lot to act as a disincentive for workers to work.

P. L. Williams


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