Terry Jeffrey

Next year, Obamacare's individual mandate takes effect. Then, the government will force every American family to purchase a government-approved health care plan. It will also force every business that employs 50 or more people to provide their workers with a health care plan or else pay a penalty. The government will then subsidize a health care plan for anyone who earns up to 400 percent of the poverty level, and enroll additional lower-income people in Medicaid.

Health-care plans will be required to cover people with pre-existing conditions and to provide cost-free coverage for certain government-approved services, such as sterilizations.

Will these provisions increase or decrease the cost of health care? Will they increase or decrease the relative number of American jobs concentrating in health care and government?

As Matt Cover reported on CNSnews.com in January, the IRS has assumed that the most affordable family health plan under Obamacare will cost $20,000 in 2016.

Meanwhile, the BLS says that in 2012, on average, only 114,809,000 Americans worked in full-time (as opposed to part-time) jobs. Of those 114,809,000 full-time workers, 17,629,000 worked full-time for government. That means there were only 97,180,000 people working full-time in the private sector.

If you add the 71,700,000 who enrolled in Medicaid last year to the 17,629,000 who worked full-time for the government, that gives you a combined 82,329,000 who were enrolled in Medicaid or who worked full-time for government.

That means that for every person who either enrolled in Medicaid or worked full-time for the government, there were only about 1.2 full-time workers in the private sector.

And those 1.2 full-time private-sector workers who were supporting the Americans on Medicaid or the government's full-time payroll included however many full-time private-sector workers occupied the approximately 14.5 million private-sector health care jobs.

We have not gotten there yet, but we are fast approaching the point where the combination of people who work full-time in health care, and who work full-time for the government, and who are enrolled in Medicaid outnumber the people who work full-time in the private sector in non-health-care jobs.

When Obamacare falters from the great costs it is about to impose on this nation, some will declare that the answer is to fully nationalize the health care system.

Had that been done in March 2013, 26.9 percent of American jobs would have been government jobs.


Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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