Pat Bagley: Corporate slavery, or “Misreporting the ACA”


Congressional Budget Office (CBO) figures show as many as 2 million Americans might quit jobs they don’t like, and go chase their dreams, because now they can get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).

Conservatives, and more than a few news organizations, misreported the study to say, as they claim, that the ACA will require the firings of 2 million people.

You can read the CBO report here, and draw your own inferences (make them reasonable, please); but Pat Bagley, the master cartoonist at the Salt Lake Tribune, put it in picture form.  Several panels in this cartoon, each telling no fewer than a thousand words.

Pat Bagley's cartoon from the Salt Lake Tribune, on reports that the ACA would enable workers to quit jobs they keep solely to keep health care benefits.

Pat Bagley’s cartoon from the Salt Lake Tribune, on reports that the ACA would enable workers to quit jobs they keep solely to keep health care benefits.

This is why the GOP doesn’t like ACA, you know. It really does give average citizens some choice.  Freedom to choose NOT to feed the profit-gouging machines of the friends of the GOP threatens the GOP much more than did Americans drinking coffee instead of tea, in 1773.

Bagley’s cartoon is more than picture-perfect. It’s truthful.

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5 Responses to Pat Bagley: Corporate slavery, or “Misreporting the ACA”

  1. Black Flag® says:

    “And yet bf, the workers supply most of the talent and yet the top executives get most of the money. If you think that’s an equitable trade you’re conning yourself.”

    Of course it is an equitable trade, since that is the trade that was accepted.

    If it is NOT, then do not accept the trade.

    “In the last ten years 95% of the income growth has gone to the 1%. If you think that’s economically sustainable..again…you’re conning yourself. If that continues we will indeed be nothing but corporate serfs at best”

    Of course it is – you portray a “wealth is a zero-sum game” concept.
    You getting richer does not change one thing about my wealth.

    Methinks, instead of thinking those that understand economics are “conning you”, that you instead get some economic learning.

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  2. James Kessler says:

    And yet bf, the workers supply most of the talent and yet the top executives get most of the money. If you think that’s an equitable trade you’re conning yourself.

    In the last ten years 95% of the income growth has gone to the 1%. If you think that’s economically sustainable..again…you’re conning yourself. If that continues we will indeed be nothing but corporate serfs at best

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  3. Eli Rabett says:

    We have a winner in the Anatole France sleep under the bridge contest.

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  4. Black Flag® says:

    {From the Wall Street Journal]

    Instead, liberals have turned to claiming that ObamaCare’s missing workers will be a gift to society. Since employers aren’t cutting jobs per se through layoffs or hourly take-backs, people are merely choosing rationally to supply less labor. Thanks to ObamaCare, we’re told, Americans can finally quit the salt mines and blacking factories and retire early, or spend more time with the children, or become artists.

    Mr. Mulligan reserves particular scorn for the economists making this “eliminated from the drudgery of labor market” argument, which he views as a form of trahison des clercs. “I don’t know what their intentions are,” he says, choosing his words carefully, “but it looks like they’re trying to leverage the lack of economic education in their audience by making these sorts of points.”

    A job, Mr. Mulligan explains, “is a transaction between buyers and sellers. When a transaction doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. We know that it doesn’t matter on which side of the market you put the disincentives, the results are the same. . . . In this case you’re putting an implicit tax on work for households, and employers aren’t willing to compensate the households enough so they’ll still work.” Jobs can be destroyed by sellers (workers) as much as buyers (businesses).

    He adds: “I can understand something like cigarettes and people believe that there’s too much smoking, so we put a tax on cigarettes, so people smoke less, and we say that’s a good thing. OK. But are we saying we were working too much before? Is that the new argument? I mean make up your mind. We’ve been complaining for six years now that there’s not enough work being done. . . . Even before the recession there was too little work in the economy. Now all of a sudden we wake up and say we’re glad that people are working less? We’re pursuing our dreams?”

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  5. Black Flag® says:

    What blubber.

    They are not Corporate “Masters”. You have a job that trades your talent for money. The company supplies the money and you supply the talent.

    Like any other economic good, like apples, if you can find a buyer that will pay a higher price, go do it. If someone would pay you 10c more an apple then your current customer, you’d sell those apples for the higher price.

    Equally like apples, it matters not one wit what the buyer of the apples does with. If he makes apple pies, and gets revenue far in excess of what you sold the apples to him, you would not complain “Damn! I should get piece of that pie!” You already got your piece when you sold the apples.

    Labor is no different. You sold your talent. What the company profits for such talent is theirs, not yours. If you find a higher price for your labor, move.

    Further, if part of the compensation is benefits, why would this change the picture?

    But whenever government and their guns enters the picture, distortions abound. No less then if men with guns forced the pie maker to fork over his profits, this is the same here too.

    You champion this theft because you believe it benefits those who prefer over those that it harms.

    But moral confusion is your normal.

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