A common Republican criticism of the Obamacare is it's encouraging employers to keep work at part time to avoid health care costs, ruining the economy in the process. But the last jobs report before the health care law's insurance exchanges went online effectively debunks that charge entirely.
See, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the September jobs report on Tuesday, and the economy isn't falling apart. Some new jobs were added but not many. One interesting data point, as Business Insider's Steven Perlberg notes, is part of the survey shows full-time jobs rose and part-time jobs actually fell ahead of Obamacare's debut: 691,000 full-time jobs were added while 594,000 part-time jobs disappeared. "This was the second straight month of part-time jobs falling," Perlberg says.
This shift in part-time and full-time work doesn't mesh with the Official Republican Narrative that Obamacare is forcing employers to keep workers part time because of the additional costs associated with the health care bill. In fact, it disproves numerous statements made by very public Republican figures gunning to gut the bill from the books. "The U.S. Senate is not concerned about all of the people who are out of job, all the people with part-time work, all the people whose health insurance premiums are skyrocketing, all the people who are losing their health insurance," Sen. Ted Cruz said last week, voicing his disapproval with his colleagues in the Senate for re-opening the government instead of repealing the law. Rep. Mike Rogers pushed the trend in a September opinion piece for the Detroit News. "Millions of Americans have lost their employer-provided health insurance due to burdensome mandates, premiums for hard working families have spiked under the law and an unsettling trend of a permanent part-time workforce has resulted," he wrote. Republican Ken Cuccinelli, trailing in the race for Virginia governor, used the Obamacare part-time peg at the end of September to gain sway with conservative voters during his campaign. "Since the president signed it into law, in Virginia and around the country, most of our new jobs have been part-time jobs limited to less than 30 hours a week so employers can avoid the high cost of federally imposed health care bills," Cuccinelli said during a speech. Tuesday's BLS report is evidence this theory is not true. Part-time work is trending down, if anything.
Republicans have long argued Obamacare will ruin the economy. So far at least, the economy's not cooperating.