All In   |  September 23, 2013

Getting the facts straight on Obamacare

Anti-Obamacare activists claim that the healthcare law will have a negative impact on employment. Chris Hayes tell us why that isn't the case.

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>>> so, with health care exchanges set to open for enrollment on october 1st , we are just eight days away from the effective launch of obama care. and while ted cruz and his threats are soaking up a lot of attention, it's easy to lose sight of the fact we are very close to a pretty incredible day in the history of american health care . and so, it is no surprise, the right wing has gone into overdrive in trying to shape the narrative of that day before it happens. not least by once again sewing the seeds of misinformation about the impact of law. i was on hbo's "realtime with bill maher " on friday night when i got to encounter a real-life example of this from the mouth of republican speechwriter and journalist david frum , who said the following --

>> it is about to have a very likely devastating impact on american employment. we can already see the rise of part-time labor and the fallaway of --

>> well, we don't know that.

>> we do see that, because if your workers work less than 30 hours, you're exempted, and we have seen, that's where the growth in the labor market is.

>> i should be clear, this is not just a david frum thing. this is a huge, consistent, anti- obama care talking point.

>> companies are increasingly blaming the health reform law for the rise in part-time work.

>> they're moving towards far more part-time work, that is less than 30 hours a week.

>> president obama never sold the affordable care act to the american people by saying, look, this is going to create more part-time jobs in the place of full-time jobs, and yet, that's one of the big consequences of the bill.

>> and i should be clear, this is also not just coming from the right. this notion that obama care is killing full-time jobs has seeped into the mainstream media as well.

>> we have confirmed more than 100 emory health care employees are going to lose their jobs in part because of the affordable health care act.

>> turns out, that wasn't so much confirmed as, well, untrue. as "the atlantic" pointed out, top officials said the layoffs have nothing to do with obama care. that's a quote. and frum and his allies don't have to t right, either. here's what i told them on "realtime." the trend in an increase towards part-time work precedes the passage of obama care. we should be clear on this. this is probably a larger structural labor market trend. i wanted to circle back to that point to emphasize the point with actual data which i didn't have access to while at bill maher 's table. look at this chart. i wish i could have drawn this chart in that moment. there was indeed a huge spike in part-time work, but it came with the great recession in 2008 and the financial crisis . since then, involuntary part-time employment, that is, workers who would like to work full-time jobs but are stuck in part-time jobs has trended downward. this is part and parcel of the broader republican case against president obama , which is to basically blame everything that has happened because of the worst financial crisis in seven years on the president himself. it isn't to say there aren't employers who say obama care is forcing them to cut hours, but as economist mark zandi has pointed out, the claim that obama care is causing some large-scale shift to part-time work is simply not borne out by the data. if obama care is going to be the disaster conservatives say it will, we will all know that very shortly. there is no reason to lie about it ahead of time. if anything, republicans should be excited for the experiment to start so they can be proven right. the fact that they're so intent on spinning ahead of time shows that they're actually nervous the