By M.O. Stevens (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

March 7, 2017; New York Times

There are a whole host of reasons why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement needs to be vetted carefully, but its impact on the job market may actually get the attention of ACA naysayers. Health reform helped combat “job lock,” a term that’s not necessarily commonplace but describes a situation that will likely seem familiar.

Job lock occurs when people who might otherwise wish to start their own businesses, switch jobs, go part-time, or retire are prevented from doing so because they will lose health insurance coverage. In fact, in a pre-ACA survey conducted by the Employee