By Jonathan Easley - 02/18/14 01:18 PM EST
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusFighting for assisted living facilities The chaotic fight for ObamaCare California exchange CEO: Insurers ‘throwing ObamaCare under the bus’ MORE pushed back Monday against the idea that ObamaCare will lead to job losses.
“There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job-loss related to the Affordable Care Act,” she told reporters in Orlando, Fla., according to media reports.
Democrats and Republicans have been slugging it out over the meaning of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that found ObamaCare will cost the nation the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers in the next decade.
Republicans claim the report is evidence of their long-standing claim that the Affordable Care Act would “kill” jobs and was an entitlement program with disincentives to work.
Democrats argued the reduction in worker hours was almost entirely because of workers choosing to work less, meaning Americans wouldn’t be locked into jobs they were unhappy with because of limited healthcare options, or could retire early because of subsidies they received through ObamaCare.
Sebelius was in Florida on Monday touting the benefits of the healthcare law with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.