FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 5, 2014
White House Does an ‘About Face’ on Gender Gap after CBO Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to findings from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the president’s health care law will reduce American workforce participation by leading workers to limit hours in order to avoid losing federal subsidies that the Affordable Care Act offers to pay for health insurance. The findings project that more than two million Americans who would otherwise rely on a job for health insurance will quit working, reduce their hours, or stop looking for employment.
The findings from the Congressional Budget Office reignite a fierce debate about the impact of the president’s health care law on the work force and the supposed gender pay gap. In a full court press reaction to the damaging findings, the White House has implied that less work and part time work might be a good consequence of ObamaCare. Their response was that it might be good for some people to do what they want to do and for women to stay home with their children.
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Executive Director of Concerned Women for America’s think tank, The Beverly LaHaye Institute, responds:
“The twisted logic of the president’s defenders and ObamaCare supporters gets more and more strained. Now they’ve done an ‘about face’ on the gender gap and unemployment. It is laughable to imply that dropping out of the job market is a voluntary choice or that people want lower-paying jobs so they can do other things.
“It is especially ironic (not to mention hypocritical) that Jay Carney would say with a straight face — representing this administration — that women might want to work part time or step off the fast track in order to raise their children. First, the president bemoans the supposed gender pay gap in his State of the Union speech, using that as evidence of the ‘war on women’ and seeming to align with the radical feminists who see women as victims; now they are explaining low labor force participation as women making a deliberate choice to drop out. It’s pretty obvious that Carney doesn’t even believe his own spiel anymore.”
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