Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report which shows that Obamacare may cost the economy the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs by 2024. That is a lot of lost income and economic growth for the nation. Today, ATR released analysis of the CBO report and Bureau of Labor Statistics data that breaks down the impact by state.
Arkansas, home to one of top 2014 battleground races for United States Senate, may lose 21,695 jobs over the next decade thanks to Obamacare. Going forward, it will be interesting to see how Senator Mark Pryor defends casting the tie-breaking vote in support of this job-killing law that includes 20 different tax increases. In the past, Pryor referred to it as “an amazing success story”.
Representative Tom Cotton, a decorated war veteran who currently serves in the House, will be running against Pryor in the 2014 election. In stark contrast to Pryor, Rep. Cotton has fought vigorously to repeal Obamacare at every chance possible.
Votes matter, and Mark Pryor’s vote for Obamacare is likely to be the central issue of the 2014 Arkansas Senate race. For the full breakdown of Obamacare job losses by state, click here.