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RCP's Simendinger To WH: "You Didn't Answer My Question" About CBO's Obamacare Report

ALEXIS SIMENDINGER, REALCLEARPOLITICS: Am I understanding what you're saying correctly, that the change in incentives for people is not a net drag on economic growth?


SIMENDINGER: If 2.5 million people change their choice about working, that is not a net drag on economic growth?

JASON FURMAN: First of all, I haven't accepted that number. There's a lot of factors that go into that number. Not all of them an uncertainty. And second of all, I'm saying that that whole analysis refutes the claim that this is about employers cutting back on jobs and increasing unemployment, and that has been an essential argument against the Affordable Care Act. Instead its this analysis itself. It isn't a complete analysis, but the analysis itself about the choices that people make.

SIMENDINGER: But you didn't answer my question.

JASON FURMAN: I could repeat that again, if it would help.

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