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The All New GOP Lie About Obamacare, the CBO and Jobs

After last week’s hilarious GOP disinformation campaign about the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report on the economic impact of the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans have changed gears to an all new disinformation campaign about the report.

To recap: the CBO report estimates that more than two million people will scale back hours or leave the work force entirely due to the benefits of the ACA. People will leave the work force in order to find better jobs or to start their own small business.

The Republicans, including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and MSNBC commentator S.E. Cupp, believe this is bad. On the Sunday shows, they launched their new meme about the CBO report: Obamacare disincentivizes work. In other words, as The Huffington Post‘s Zach Carter put it, the Republicans think Obamacare will make you lazy.

Yes, it’s a new take on the old “welfare queen” line spruced up for 2014. And it’s just as disingenuous as what they said last week about the ACA.

Here’s Roy Blunt on Fox News Sunday:

“I think any law you pass that discourages people from working can’t be a good idea,” Blunt said. “Why would we wanna do that? How does that allow people to prepare for the time when they don’t work?”

How many days did Roy Blunt work in 2013? 113. Tell me again how working fewer hours is lazy, Mr. Blunt.

And S.E. Cupp on This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

“What has never been controversial in the past is that disincentivizing work is bad, economically and culturally and socially. Economists have made it their project for the past century to develop welfare programs that disincentivize work the least, because disincentivizing work has been a bad idea. Now for Democrats it’s suddenly ‘freedom.’ I think the American public sees through that. It’s a pretty transparent effort.”

Why do Cupp and Blunt object to a law that allows people to find better-paying jobs or to start new businesses?… [CONTINUE READING HERE]

(h/t Steve Duckett)