Rep. Boehner Claims Job Growth Shows Need To Repeal The Affordable Care Act

June 04, 2010 11:54 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report announcing that the economy gained 431,000 jobs in May.  Although private sector growth was lower than expected, the overall total represents "the biggest increase in a single month in a decade," and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent.  The decline in unemployment, while slight, is notable because increased optimism has caused the jobless to flood back into the market. 

Predictably, the GOP is citing the job totals as evidence that President Obama's policies have failed.  In a press release, House Minority John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that "stagnant private sector job growth" is proof that the Recovery Act has "fallen well short" -- which is a departure from his previous declaration that the stimulus bill "didn't create any jobs." 

On his Twitter feed, Boehner also argued that the report "underscores the need to repeal" the Affordable Care Act:

Of course, Boehner fails to mention that the private sector created 231,000 new jobs in April, more than any month since March 2006.  Additionally, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office credits the recovery effort with adding up to 2.8 million jobs, lowering the rate of unemployment, and increasing GDP. 

Boehner's call for repealing the Affordable Care Act is similarly mistaken.  Indeed, a January 2010 study by the Center for American Progress found that health care reform could create as many as 4 million jobs in the next decade.