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Obamacare provides Americans with disincentive to work

Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Obamacare provides Americans with disincentive to work

When I read Froma Harrop’s Feb. 8 column, I thought I had entered bizarro world.

Harrop was writing about the latest Congressional Budget Office report stating that the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) will result in a loss of an additional 2.5 million jobs. Harrop opined that this “bad news story offered so little real bad news.” Her words — really!

As a devout Obama acolyte, Harrop parroted the incredulous spin offered up by the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Jason Furman.

At a press conference the day the CBO report was released, Furman was tripping over his own words — one got the sense even he couldn’t believe what he was saying — that the reduction in full-time equivalents frees people to have new choices “to scale back their hours to spend more time with their children, or to leave their jobs to launch a small business or startup.”

You can’t make this up! I suppose if you spent your entire life in the Harvard faculty lounge, then maybe this nonsense would actually make sense. What this report is really saying is that the ACA is a disincentive to work. No longer will people feel motivated to work hard to get ahead.

In many cases just a single dollar in extra income will result in a large reduction in the health care subsidy. Good-bye, moving up the ladder of success. Instead of being “stuck in a job just for the health care benefits,” as Furman clucked, people will be stuck at a low-wage job just for the health-care subsidy. So now we have “just getting by” replacing the “work hard” ethic that characterized the American people.

When a reduction in work is cast as good news for the country and the economy, we have indeed entered bizarro world.

Steven Esposito

Ballston Spa

Could Glenville plows have responded any slower?

Here I sit in my home on Country Fair Lane in Glenville. It is 9 p.m. on Feb. 13; we have known we were going to get snow for more than 36 hours, and we have yet to see a plow.

When Rick Leclair was highway superintendent, my road was always plowed in a timely manner. I know that I live on a dead-end street, but I notice that other dead-end streets are getting plowed long before mine.

I am not sure if you are aware that the end of Country Fair Lane is a large hill, I am lucky enough to live at the top of the hill and drive a 4x4. I surely hope that none of my neighbors who drive cars and live at the bottom of the hill have an emergency and need to leave their homes. We also have a Thomas Corners fire chief who lives on our street.

This is ridiculous and I certainly hope this is not retaliation for my husband and me being active Democrats, running against the Republicans who are currently in control of our town government.

[Update:] It is now 7 a.m. on Feb. 14: Country Fair Lane has not been plowed and there is a three-foot snow bank where it meets Swaggertown Road. I called the town and was told that they were doing the best they could because there was so much snow.

Michele Draves

Glenville

The writer, an unsuccessful candidate for the redrawn 112th Assembly District, is the Glenville Democratic Committee vice chair.

Report funeral line jumpers to police

I read with interest John Ferrari’s Feb. 13 letter on the passing of funeral cars.

I would think he would have gotten the license number of the individual involved and reported it to police.

It seems to me this [issue] was covered in the driver’s education book many years ago.

Jason L. Alby

Schenectady

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