Little Evidence For Obamacare As 'Job-Killer'

Aug 19, 2015

A pair of economists have put one of the central claims of Obamacare opponents to the test: Is Obamacare a job-killer? We hear the answer in the latest episode of the State of the State podcast.

"In general, there's very little evidence that the ACA had any negative effects," says Robert Kaestner, a professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Along with Bowen Garrett of the Urban Institute, he's the author of the report "Recent Evidence on the ACA and Employment: Has the ACA been a Job Killer?"

"When we went to see what we expected the number of people who were working, the number of hours they work, and we compared it to how many people are actually working and how many hours (they worked), we really see basically no difference between the actual and expected," Kaestner says.

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Music: "Raça" and "Arrumaçao" by Uakti.