If we want to avoid undermining Obamacare, it would be better to try to tweak the tax rather than repeal it. It’s got numerous attributes and, as I readily admit, some potential problems. But the most important thing it has going for it is that it’s on the books. Those who think they can join… Read more
That’s how Ben Spielberg and I see it, over at WaPo. The ACA is clearly boosting labor demand and jobs in the health sector itself, but you’d expect that. There’s no evidence it’s hurting employment growth elsewhere, either.
And Jon sayeth unto the multitudes: “The best defense against bullsh__ is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.” This admonition came to mind, if not to nose, when I heard Fox’s Bill O’Reilly claim that the Affordable Care Act “has made it more difficult to create full-time jobs in America,” (around 2:30 in the… Read more
My CBPP colleague Bryann DaSilva (not a typo–just a bit of ‘n’ inflation at the end of his first name) makes a smart connection I missed between some of my recent scribblings. In the TPP debate I had with USTR Mike Froman in the journal Democracy, I point out concerns regarding extended patents on pharmaceuticals,… Read more
One reason it’s been so hard to shift this economy out of second gear–why we’re still stuck with large output and employment gaps–is that there’s actually a cost to dysfunctional federal politics. The Fed’s holding up their side of the bargain, but it takes both monetary and fiscal policy. Over at WaPo. The recent dust-up… Read more