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Making the ACA work, Part 2
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By Rick Holmes
Oct. 1, 2013 5:20 p.m.

The most salutory economic impact of the Affordable Care Act has been largely ignored in our long, painful and sometimes stupid debate about health care reform. As I argue in an editorial today,
Consider the person who is unhappy with his or her job, but cant afford to lose its employer-provided insurance. Maybe hes always wanted to start a business of his own, but he has young children at home that cant go without insurance. Maybe shed like to switch to part-time work, or move to another city to take a promising new job. But the new job doesnt come with insurance, and shed likely be denied coverage in the individual market because of her medical history.
Economists have a term for this: job lock. It applies to people whose careers are blocked simply because they cannot afford to lose the health insurance their families depend on.
Access to affordable health insurance through the exchanges – a milestone we should be celebrating today – unlocks the chains binding people to jobs they don’t like. It is bound to have a positive impact on entrepreneurship and the economy. It empowers workers. It increases economic freedom, something conservatives should cheer.
The cost of job lock isnt measured just in dollars and cents, but in dreams deferred, ambitions stifled and opportunities not taken. That is the progress Republicans are intent on preventing. They will not succeed.

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