Two analysts last week gave the Joint Economic Committee conflicting accounts of how the U.S. job market is really doing now that major Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance programs and insurance rules have come to life.

One witness, Paul Van de Water, a witness from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a research center popular with Democrats, testified at a committee hearing on PPACA's effects on employment that the job market looks good because it is good.

"Health reform has not been a 'job killer,'" Van de Water testified. "The economy has experienced the longest stretch of job growth on record."

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.