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Job growth defies an Obamacare objection

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This file photo shows part of the website for, photographed in Washington. Photo Credit: AP / Jon Elswick

A central thesis of opponents of Obamacare, repeated ad nauseam before and after its passage, is that the health care law would be a monstrous job killer.

Turns out only 2 in 10 manufacturers in New York and 1 in 10 service firms in the metropolitan area have cut staff because of the Affordable Care Act, according to two surveys released last week by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The country overall has had five-plus years of monthly private sector job growth since Obamacare was passed in March 2010, and the unemployment rate has been halved.

The law could be improved, absolutely. Perhaps the politicians who continue to attack Obama-care and promise to repeal it should acknowledge the facts, however inconvenient, and start looking for ways to make the law better.


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