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Today I'd like to bring your attention to a piece by Rick Ungar at detailing the pesky facts about Obamacare that Republicans would like to deny.

   Let’s begin with the meme threatening that healthcare reform will lead to a serious decline in full-time employment as employers reduce workforce hours to below 30 per week in the effort to avoid their responsibility to provide health benefits to their employees.

    It turns out that there has, in fact, been no such rush to reduce work hours. Indeed, numbers released last week reveal that precisely the opposite is taking place.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of part-time workers in the United States has fallen by 300,000 since March of 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was passed into law. What’s more, in the past year alone—the time period in which the nation was approaching the start date for Obamacare—full-time employment grew by over 2 million while part-time employment declined by 230,000.

    And it gets even more interesting.

    So Obamacare is NOT relegating all of us to part-time jobs. Just the opposite. As noted by Mr. Ungar it turns out that the number one instance of worker's hours being cut is in the public sector where RW Governor's and state legislatures have continued to wage a one-sided war on public sector workers.

    I'm strongly encouraging you all to read the entire piece at the link here as Mr. Ungar has done a commendable job of going through a mess of statistics to show how Republican complaints about Obamacare are simply false.

   And it should be noted, before Obamacare went into effect Republicans could just make shit up and get away with it, but now that we have factual statistics that show how the economy and workers have been effected by Obamacare it is only going to get harder for the GOP to continue to make shit up about what Obamacare actually is and how it will effect you.

   A few more thoughts on this subject below the orange croissant of defiance.

 Mr. Ungar goes on to blow up a few more Conservative myths about Obamacare, including the tired trope of how soooo many people are being kicked off their old health care plans because of Obamacare. It turns out that the number of people who are losing their plans is almost exactly the same as the number of people who would drop a new health insurance plan to go on an employer provided plan in the long long ago pre-Obamacare.

   I don't want to quote too much of Rick Ungar's piece, you really should just read the whole thing for yourself.

   More to the point, Democrats have to start LOUDLY defending Obamacare. That means being able to debunk obvious GOP lies as well as being able to strongly support the outstanding benefits within the bill. Every Democrat who wants to win should memorize this article by Rick Ungar.

   I think Mr. Ungar wrote a perfect ending to his piece.

   Facts matter—even when they screw up an effective disinformation campaign.
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