Who Will Work Less Under Obamacare

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In Wisconsin, for instance, employment among adults allowed into Medicaid in 2009 dropped 20% during the analysis period. And their quarterly earnings fell by $200 to $400, on balance, said study co-author Laura Dague, an assistant professor at Texas A&M. Will Obamacare affect health care costs? For some, access to health insurance independent of their job will prompt them to leave the workforce entirely. They had remained employed only because they needed health insurance and had no other way of getting it previously, said Gary Claxton, director of the Health Care Marketplace Project at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Those who may want to quit their jobs include people nearing retirement or folks who are ill or caring for a sick family member.
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Don’t Judge Obamacare by Medicaid Numbers

A new report says not as many as you think. The latest reports we have on Medicaid enrollment suggest that 6.3 million people had been deemed eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare went live Oct. 1. But almost no one thinks that means 6.3 million people have gained new insurance; some of them were already eligible, and some of them wont have actually signed up. We dont know how big the difference is between people who were deemed eligible and people who actually got new insurance. The new report , from health-care consultancy Avalere Health LLC, suggests that the answer is very big: “Avalere estimates that from October through December 2013, between 1.1M and 1.8M people have newly enrolled in Medicaid as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” Avalere gets that number by looking at enrollment in the summer months, then comparing it to the fall. The number probably includes people who were previously eligible for Medicaid but signed up thanks to what health-care economists call the woodwork effect — the publicity of Obamacare drawing in the newly eligible. In fact, we know thats the case for the one-quarter of new signups that occurred in states that opted out of the laws Medicaid expansion.
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Does Obamacare Infringe on Our Liberty? Or Does It Give Us Even More Freedom?

If you “choose” to retire, you’ll go broke. You’ll go without preventive health care. Your chances of dying early will increase significantly. So you have a choice: Keep working or die young. In this case, you actually have less freedom because the government is less involved. Without Social Security and Medicare, you do not have the freedom to choose a long, healthy retirement. Freedom requires more than the absence of laws and taxes .
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