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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:57 AM
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Ryan's Medicaid plan would cost 2 million private sector jobs

Ryan's Medicaid plan would cost 2 million private sector jobs

by Joan McCarter

Hey, Rep. Paul Ryan! Where are the jobs? They're sure not in your budget. The Economic Policy Institute finds:

Over the next five years (during which time CBO projects that the economy will still be below potential), Chairman Ryan's Medicaid proposal would cut the program by $207 billion, which includes both eliminating the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and even deeper cuts to the Medicaid program. Using a standard macroeconomic model that is consistent with private- and public-sector forecasters, we find that a $207 billion cut would result in a loss of 2.1 million jobs over the next five years, or 2.9 million full-time equivalent jobs.... These figures are in job-years, which refer to a job held for a single year, meaning that five jobs lost in a single year is the equivalent to one job lost over five years.

Furthermore, the job loss would overwhelmingly be in the private economy. Medicaid has very low overhead, as about 96% of the programs funds go toward benefits which are spent in the private sector. Assuming the 96% ratio is relatively constant across states (or at least not systematically biased in one direction), Medicaid cuts of this magnitude would result in the loss of just under 2 million private-sector jobs, or 2.8 million full-time equivalent jobs.

This estimate is conservative for two reasons. First, because Medicaid is a program that generally benefits low-income householdswho out of necessity are much more likely to consume rather than savea larger-than-normal share of these cuts will undermine demand in the private sector. This suggests that the cut to Medicaid would have an even larger impact on the economy than we estimate here. Second, it is likely that an even larger share of the job loss would fall on the private sector because overhead includes not only labor but equipment and supplies as well, which are provided by private companies.

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:02 AM
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1. Thanks, ProSense! n/t
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young but wise Donating Member (760 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:06 AM
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2. K&R
And suppose to be one of the smart Republicans.LOL
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TheBigotBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:51 PM
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3. The only jobs they were interested in -
their own.
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