Globe story: Health reform hasn’t killed jobs in MA, won’t nationally

Hey, the  pro-business Associated Industries of Massachusetts said it, not me. From the Globe report on the symbolic house  vote against the health bill :

Economists, health care analysts, and Massachusetts business groups largely dispute the notion that new rules will have a major impact on jobs. While Massachusetts businesses are seeking several changes to the health care law — chief among them a repeal of a new medical device tax — they say the law in the Bay State, which was a petri dish for the national plan, did not cost jobs.

“I don’t think anybody has suggested that that had any impact on employment in Massachusetts,’’ said Richard Lord, president of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who was an adviser on the Massachusetts and the national health care plans, said some businesses would be likely to see cost increases as a result of the health care law, and that could result in lower wages for workers. But other industries would grow, particularly the health care field, once more people have health insurance.


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