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The Sentinel published the fact check and then comes back with a tpub cartoon in the Sunday paper promoting the same pig flying junk of lost jobs. Any editing for stale or bogus crud? Like spit in the gutter, lies live on.

This week afforded another revealing expose’ of our sorry-excuse-for-a-Congressman – “Teapublican” Scott Tipton—at “work”.

On Wednesday, one of the Sentinel’s front-page headlines was:  “Health care law means fewer on job, analysts say” – referring to the CBO report predicting that (by 2021) the equivalent of 2.3 currently-employed Americans would opt to work less because of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).

Later on Wednesday, “Jumping Frog” Tipton jumped onto the right-wing and FoxNoise “talking points” bandwagon and issued a formal “Statement on CBO Report’s Projected Job Losses”, in which he falsely claimed that the CBO report confirmed what he had been expecting all along – that the ACA “will cost the economy millions of jobs”.

On Thursday, a Sentinel front-page headlines was:  “Fact check:  Anti-‘Obamacare’ chorus is off key over health care act, job loss”, which accurately reported what Tipton likely already knew – that the report predicted a future reduction in labor supply (people willing to work), not fewer jobs being produced by the economy.

Thus, Tipton cynically turned what could be a good thing (fewer people trapped in jobs just to retain access to health insurance, thereby freeing-up positions and/or working hours for others) into a bad thing (“job-destroying ObamaCare!”).

Of course, Tipton did not issue a correction—even after FoxNoise realized it was not being “fair and balanced”.  Rather, on Sunday, Tipton’s weekly “Update” re-circulated that same falsehhod – claiming that the ACA “will cost millions of American jobs”.

Actually, this latest CBO report in no way contradicts economists’ previous predictions that the ACA will likely stimulate the creation of 250,000 to 400,000 new jobs annually – particularly in health care related fields – even if some folks opt to work less.

Paraphrasing the opening line of his “Statement”, Scott Tipton is “proving to be one of the worst Congressmen ever elected”.



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