Republicans are now claiming that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) discourages Americans from working.
The GOP makes this claim based upon a recent estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, which speculated that some Americans may choose to work fewer hours because their health insurance is not dependent on their jobs.
"Anything that discourages work, and that's essentially what the CBO found, that this discourages some people from working, [is] not a good thing at a time when the economy's still struggling," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told ABC News today, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com.
However, the CBO never claimed the ACA would discourage work, but that didn't stop Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., from parroting the same claim (video below).
"I think any law you pass that discourages people from working can't be a good idea," Blunt told Fox News Sunday, according to RawStory.com. "Why would we want to do that? Why would we think that was a good thing? How does that allow people to prepare for the time when they don't work?"
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Before making their false "Obamacare makes you lazy" claims, Republicans falsely claimed that the ACA would cost the United States. about 2 million jobs, which was debunked by the CBO, Politifact.com and The Washington Post.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., countered on Fox News Sunday that if people left their jobs, those same jobs would be worked by other Americans.
"The point I want to raise is that these jobs will be filled. It's not going to have an impact on our economy," said Sen. Cardin. "We have people waiting to work. So, these jobs are all filled. Our economy will move forward."