Agency: Health law curbs work carrot

Tax credits, employer mandate seen paring job hours by up to 2% in 2017-24

Posted: February 5, 2014 at 5:01 a.m.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday at the White House that because of the Affordable Care Act, individuals, over time, “will be empowered to make choices” about how much they want to work and still be able to have health care.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will reduce the total number of hours Americans work by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office said, sparking renewed Republican criticism of the law and a fresh defense from the White House.

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