The Congressional Budget Office revealed this week that President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul will remove an estimated 2.3 million Americans from the workforce by 2021. According to conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer, White House Press secretary Jay Carney provided a fitting epitaph for liberalism in attempting to make the news sound positive.
Here’s Carney’s statement, which Krauthammer believes will be “emblazoned on the tombstone of liberalism”:
Opportunity created by affordable, quality health insurance allows families in America to make a decision about how they will work, or if they will work.
The White House’s official line is that Obamacare will “empower” Americans to “make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families.” But the CBO report lacked that lofty liberal idealism, noting that “workers will choose to supply less labor” because of new taxes and other factors which will make not working a better deal than being employed.
“[Carney] says opportunity. This is what he’s heralding in this achievement, that the government is giving opportunity for people to decide if they want to work. This is the liberals’ ideal of the opportunity society,” Krauthammer said. “Of course, in a free society, you can decide if you want to work, but what Obamacare does, and so the essence of liberalism, is you can choose not to work, and the people who do work end up subsidizing you.”