Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that there is zero evidence of job losses occurring as a result of the new federal health-care law.
"There is absolutely no evidence -- and every economist will tell you this -- that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act," Sebelius said in Orlando, according to video from WESH-TV.
Sebelius added: "I know that's a popular myth that continues to be repeated, but it just is not accurate."
Sebelius noted that the number of jobs in the aggregate continues to rise.
A recent Congressional Budget Office report stated that the new health-care law would cause some 2 million people to stop working, reduce their hours or stop looking for employment by 2021, in large part because they no longer have to work in order to get health-care benefits.
Republicans have seized on that figure to say that Obamacare will kill jobs. They have also argued that employers will reduce their number of full-time employees or move full-time employees to part-time status in order to avoid having to provide health insurance to them.
The CBO says in its report that "there is no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the ACA."