Some of you may have seen stories about the release yesterday of the CBO report on Obamacare. Twisting a sentence to imply something that it was never meant to, Republicans immediately started crowing about an alleged (and nonexistend) loss of two million jobs because of Obamacare.
Numerous people were quick to rebut this belligerent nonsense, but did that stop Conservatives? At the end of the day, I started looking for how this matter was reported in wingnut world. Here are a few things I found before I couldn't stand it any more:
"Democrats Spinning Madly on Devastating CBO Report"
"Thanks Obama! Care- Now with 25% Fewer Jobs!"
"The NYTimes Touts 2.5 Million Full Time Job Losses as a Win"
"ObamaCare Will Cost America More Than Two Million Jobs"
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Congressional Budget Office report that shows Obamacare will make the labor force lose 2.3 million full-time workers by 2021 is positive because it lets Americans be “free agents.”
"Shocking: CBO Director Admits Obamacare ‘Creates a Disincentive for People to Work’
"Dingy Harry Reid: CBO Report Doesn’t Cost Jobs – It Means 2.3 Million Americans Can Be “Free Agents”
World Net Daily:
"The new healthcare law will slow economic growth over the next decade, costing the nation about 2.5 million jobs"
National Review Online:
"CBO’s Obamacare Scorecard Fewer jobs"
Riehl World View:
"Obama-Careless: Health-care law will lead to 2 million fewer worker"
"NYT: CBO's Obamacare Projection of 2.5 Million Jobs Lost 'A Good Thing'
"WH Spin: Obamacare Will Save People 'Trapped in a Job'
"White House: When you think about it, 2.5 million fewer people working because of ObamaCare is good news"
And here's the thing: even though there is exactly zero truth to this story, Republicans are going to go on repeating it for years- just like Benghazi, just like the IRS "scandal," just like the birth certificate stories, just like the absolutely absurd claim that the Obama administration is the most corrupt in history, just like a thousand other stories. And the Koch brothers and their associates are going to continue pumping billions of dollars every year into their campaign to make people believe this sort of thing. And that's why we have two major political parties in this country today, instead of one and a whole lot of seditious criminals in jail.
Update: Paul Krugman, as usual, with a devastating takedown of the Republican lies about this claim.