-- Job Killer.
Before the first letter of the first draft of the initial version of the Affordable Care Act even made it to the page, Republican leadership decided to hang the nickname “Job Killer” around its metaphorical neck.
And that was the last year the country lost jobs. The recently reported 215,000 jobs created in July was the 58th consecutive month of net jobs gain, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
It was like performance art.
Now there certainly is a discussion to be had about the quality and pay of the jobs that were created early in the recovery, particularly those in the service industry. But a stage full of Republicans saying the ACA is responsible for job losses when we haven’t had net job loss nearly five years reeks of cynicism. Even the percentage of Americans who work part time but want full time work -- another criticism of the Obama Administration -- has declined.
Job killing at its finest.
Perhaps instead of repeating a tired and dishonest catchphrase, GOP 2016 hopefuls should focus on problems with the law that are supported by reality not wishful thinking: for example the impact the employer mandate is projected to have on small businesses. That’s real -- which is why the Obama Administration has delayed it twice.
Or better yet, the Republican men and woman who want to be the next president should spend more time explaining their plans for an alternative. Considering the current rhetorical sleight of hand have conservatives shifting Obamacare talk from “repeal” to “repeal and replace”, it would have been nice if they had spent some debate time explaining what their replacement plans are.
And that, perhaps more than anything else, angers his critics. For with each semblance of success connected to his administration, the harder it is to call him a failure.
Correction: they will still call him a failure.
But just like that “Job Killer” nickname, history will show it isn’t true.
LZ Granderson is an ABC News analyst and special correspondent. Opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of ABC News.