Trade Group Botches Math On Obamacare Claim

The National Association of Manufacturers is forced to correct its CEO’s annual address

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Sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.

In looking over an embargoed press release last night, I was struck by the National Association of Manufacturing’s startling claim that Obamacare would cost 60 million workers their employer-provided insurance. This seemed an enormous amount to me, and so I decided to cover NAM CEO Jay Timmons’ annual State of Manufacturing speech.

I wrote about his assertion here, only to receive a phone call this afternoon from the association. It turns out they arrived at the 60 million figure from a Congressional Budget Office report that forecast a reduction in full-time work hours, but later retracted the claim and acknowledged a misinterpretation of the report. The revised claim is that six million workers would lose insurance through their employers.

The group apologized and my story has since been corrected.

18 comments
PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Please see my comments on the original story.

The NAM are paid liars.


reallife
reallife

oh no problem then! it's only 6 million workers...



ReformedRep
ReformedRep

Jay, I,do believe I called BS on this earlier today in your prior ad hominem post.

ReformedRep
ReformedRep

To quote a famous Republucan Gov. - "Oops"!

bobcn
bobcn

@ReneDemonteverde  

Why would anyone be foolish enough to believe their 6 million figure after they have proven that they have no competence to make these calculations?  

Clearly they're trying to arrive at a politically driven result-- but don't know how to get there.  People who demand this result, truth and facts be damned, will applaud it -- everyone else will be suspicious.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Is botched the politcy correct word for lied about?