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Little Evidence For Obamacare As 'Job-Killer'

State of the Union 2015
Bill Ingalls
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Obamacare remains controversial even this year, with President Obama barely mentioning it in his 2015 State of the Union address.

A pair of economists have put one of the central claims of Obamacare opponents to the test: Is Obamacare a job-killer? We hear the answer in the latest episode of the State of the State podcast.

"In general, there's very little evidence that the ACA had any negative effects," says Robert Kaestner, a professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Along with Bowen Garrett of the Urban Institute, he's the author of the report "Recent Evidence on the ACA and Employment: Has the ACA been a Job Killer?"

"When we went to see what we expected the number of people who were working, the number of hours they work, and we compared it to how many people are actually working and how many hours (they worked), we really see basically no difference between the actual and expected," Kaestner says.

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Music: "Raça" and "Arrumaçao" by Uakti.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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