Fox News and conservative politicians being their usual selves.
Obamacare has allowed people to obtain health insurance independent of their jobs. Where many people were once tied to their jobs because those jobs offered them healthcare, now those people have independence and choice. Obamacare has also allowed people to work less because they don’t need to work as much – they can have the same standard of living plus healthcare for less working hours.
But apparently alleviating people’s suffering by allowing them to work less, obtain healthcare and maintain the same standard of living is evil. Not that people have to work less. They can choose to. It really depends on individual circumstances as to what people decide is best.
The fact that people are able to work less and spend more time with their families is also evil, apparently. Because conservatives are only about ‘family values’ when that means stopping gay people from getting married or stopping gay people from adopting children.
Here’s what the Congressional Budget Office report says about incentives:
“For some people, the availability of exchange subsidies under the ACA will reduce incentives to work both through a substitution effect and through an income effect. The former arises because subsidies decline with rising income (and increase as income falls), thus making work less attractive. As a result, some people will choose not to work or will work less—thus substituting other activities for work. The income effect arises because subsidies increase available resources—similar to giving people greater income—thereby allowing some people to maintain the same standard of living while working less. The magnitude of the incentive to reduce labor supply thus depends on the size of the subsidies and the rate at which they are phased out.” Page 119
“For some people, the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid will reduce the incentive to work—but among other people it will increase that incentive. As with exchange subsidies, access to Medicaid confers financial benefits that are phased out with rising income or (more commonly) eliminated when income exceeds a threshold; some people will thus work fewer hours or withdraw from the labor force to become or remain eligible (the substitution effect). Moreover, those financial benefits will lead some people to work less because the increase in their available resources enables them to reduce work without a decline in their standard of living (the income effect).” Page 119
“Taking that research into account, CBO estimates that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA will, on balance, reduce incentives to work. That effect has a relatively modest influence on total labor supply, however, because the expansion of eligibility for Medicaid primarily affects a relatively small segment of the total population—both because most people’s income will significantly exceed the cutoff for Medicaid eligibility and because some low-income people live in states that are not expected to expand Medicaid.” Page 121-122
And as this article by CBS News notes:
The CBO here is looking at how the ACA will influence those choices, that is, will it create incentives or disincentives for people to work?
The concern arises because how much the government subsidizes someone’s health insurance cost is determined by how much that person earns. As a result, some people will have to decide whether they should earn more money and get a smaller subsidy or not earn more and continue with the maximum subsidy they already have. The same situation confronts people receiving food stamps or other government social services.
A very small number of workers fall into this group. In 2013, 82 percent of legal American citizens already had health insurance, primarily through their workplace. Out of the 18 percent who are uninsured, only those who make less than the federal poverty level (about $24,000 annually for a family of four), those who make more than four times that amount (at which point the government will no longer subsidize part of the cost) and people who are eligible for Medicaid and only work part of the year in order to get insurance would have to make this decision.