Good News: Harry Reid Says If Obamacare Costs You Your Job, You’re Not Unemployed, You’re a “Free Agent.”
The Congressional Budget Office’s latest nail in Obamacare’s coffin (*crosses fingers*) is a report saying it will eventually result in close to two million people losing their jobs. I wrote yesterday that I doubted Democrats would be trumpeting the results of this anytime soon.
I underestimated how stupid they think their supporters are:
When asked for a reaction on the CBO report that projected millions of lost jobs because of Obamacare’s impact on labor incentives, the Democrat suggested that job loss is a liberating life-event:
“We have the CBO report, which rightfully says, that people shouldn’t have job lock. If they — we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want,” Reid told reporters. “And what they’re saying here is — and the fact checkers have already done this — the Republicans talk about losing millions of jobs simply isn’t true. It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into, because of — they have healthcare in their job.”
Right… “Mr. Jones, we regret to inform you that we have to make some cuts in your department. You are now a “free agent”. Please clean out your desk by noon.”
I love how he’s talking about a federal government mandate to buy health insurance while at the same time saying, “People can do what they want.”
No, they can’t. They can’t go to a job they used to have but lost because of Obamacare.
They can’t have the health insurance policy they used to have but was dropped because of Obamacare.
And they can’t buy the groceries they want to buy because the money for them is now paying for higher premiums because of Obamacare.
People can’t do what they want, because Obamacare says they can’t.
Oh, and you know what else would create that “free agency” Reid is talking about?
Untying health care from employment, allowing people buy policies across state lines like they do auto insurance and the abolition of government mandates on policies.
Basically, get government out of the way and let people negotiate with insurers for the policy that best fits their needs, also known as the free market.
Of course, as noted, Reid clearly thinks people are simple, mouth breathing knuckle draggers who can’t live without government, so that’s crazy talk.
Instead, he’s happy liberating you from your job.
Congrats, citizen. You’re a free agent.