A rather desperate House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted Sunday “90% of the jobs created have been part-time. Obamacare creates a part-time economy, part-time opportunity, and a part-time America.”
This, of course, is not true. In fact, the opposite is true. (Sadly, this is becoming the norm – if a Republican is talking, your odds of finding truth are best if you invert claim and work from there.)
90% of the jobs created have been part-time. Obamacare creates a part-time economy, part-time opportunity, and a part-time America.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPWhip) September 29, 2013
Pesky PolitiFact is not impressed with this Republican talking point.
On August 2 of this year, PolitiFact rated a claim by Alan Krueger, the chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. Krueger said that most jobs created since passage of the health care law have been full-time positions. And he got a TRUE for this claim.
PolitiFact noted, “We recently noticed two seemingly contradictory comments on this topic — one from a Republican, one from a Democrat — and thought it would be worthwhile checking both.”
You don’t say? Fiction (R) versus Reality (D) again? This is getting so old. Democrats are hardly saints, but compared to this specific lot of Republicans, they are almost always more accurate.
Mean old PolitiFact used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other liberal gotchas like facts to determine that Republicans’ talking point about the “part time America” is not true, especially as Krueger stated it in relationship to the Affordable Care Act.
“(S)ince the Affordable Care Act passed, 90 percent of job growth has been in full-time positions.” The statistics show that 87 percent of the increase in jobs between March 2010 and July 2013 consisted of full-time jobs. A shorter time frame would show the opposite pattern, but on the numbers, Krueger is right. We rate the claim True.
Again, Republicans are trying to claim that America has become a part time job country as a direct result of ObmaaCare’s existence.
McCarthy is trying to make the public case for what’s going down and for what’s coming. Today on Fox News, he made it pretty clear that no matter what, House Republicans are going to defund ObamaCare. “We will pass a bill if the Senate [tables the CR] that will keep the government open, that will reflect the House, that I believe the Senate can accept, that will have fundamental changes into Obamacare that can protect the economy of America.”
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