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Rep. Mark Pocan on Lower Labor Participation: "They're Better Off"

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On Wednesday, Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI-02) argued that the Congressional Budget Office's projection that Obamacare will incentivize about 2.5 million Americans to give up full-time work means "they might be able to tuck their child in bed at night."
Pocan said:
"But I would argue, part of what you're saying is that people in aging populations, more people aren't participating, that's part of the statistics. People like my mom who worked until she was 70 at a Taco Bell don't have to do that. But secondly it could be someone on the lower end who now is working two part-time jobs instead of three part-time jobs. And what that means is instead, they might be able to tuck their child in bed at night, and read a bed-time story, or go to an activity. Which means they're better off."
Washington Examiner columnist Byron York called Pocan's line the "birth of a talking point."
In response to the CBO report projecting Obamacare's impact on the labor force, most liberals have taken up some form of Pocan's argument: that Obamacare is "liberating" millions of Americans from full-time work.
But it's not liberation. Not at all. It is stifling upward mobility, creating dependency, and stripping millions of Americans of the dignity that comes with full-time work.

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