As noted in this space Tuesday, various news organizations yesterday cleaned up headlines suggesting “job losses” stemming from the implementation of Obamacare. Those headlines came in response to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report concluding that workers would retreat from the workforce on account of the incentives of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The report did not conclude that workers would “lose” jobs, that is — merely that workers would choose not to work.
Politico changed the headline of its story from “CBO: Lower enrollment, bigger job losses with Obamacare” to “Report reignites debate over Obamacare and jobs.” The Hill moved from “CBO: O-Care slowing growth, contributing to job losses” to “CBO: O-Care will cost 2.5M workers.”
Meanwhile: Fox News shows this look: “ObamaCare could lead to loss of nearly 2.3 million US jobs, report says.” That’s a slight adjustment from the title that shows up in the story’s URL, which reads, “obamacare-expected-to-lead-to-loss-nearly-25-million-american-jobs-report-says.” Yet even so, the focus on job “loss” implies something at odds with the conclusions of the CBO report — that is, “loss” signifies situations in which people involuntarily leave a work situation; the CBO report addresses situations in which they voluntarily do so.
That’s not to say that the CBO’s conclusions aren’t bad news, as commentator after commentator on Fox News has stated in recent days. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, for instance, asked a guest on her program last night, “Do you know anybody who has gotten successful by working less?”