Rep. Thom Tillis Airs Bogus Anti-Obamacare Ad (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) recently aired a bogus attack ad against his 2014 opponent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).

Rep. Tillis' ad falsely claims that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Obamacare would cost 2 million jobs (video below).

The ad goes on to blame Sen. Hagan because she voted for Obamacare, notes The Washington Post.

"How many workers will have to lose their jobs?" states the ad's voice over. "How many people will have to pay for Kay Hagan’s loyalty to Obama?"

The ad also includes the caption: "Congressional Budget Office estimates 2 million lost jobs do to Obamacare.”

However, the "2 million lost jobs do to Obamacare" claim is so untrue that even GOP Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) fact-checked his own party, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.

CBO director Doug Elmendorf told Rep. Ryan on Wednesday that the CBO never claimed that Obamacare would cost 2 million jobs, but some Americans may choose to work less under the law. And if those dropped hours were added up, it might be equal to 2.5 million jobs by 2024.

“The reason we don’t use the term ‘lost jobs’ is there is a critical difference between people who like to work and can’t find a job, or have a job that’s lost for reasons beyond their control, and people who choose not to work,” stated Elmendorf.

"Just to understand, it is not that employers are laying people off," Rep. Ryan asked, which Elmendorf confirmed.

CNN's Carol Costello also debunked the fake claim by the GOP that Obamacare would cost 2 million jobs, notes MediaMatters.org (video below).

Sources: TalkingPointsMemo.com, The Washington Post, MediaMatters.org