New study out disputing claims that a “pay or play” employer mandate in a national healthcare plan would cause massive job loss. The study suggests employer mandate could actually create jobs.

As reported in the Hill:

The study by the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley found that in a “worst-case scenario,” 166,095 jobs could be lost, which would be about 0.1% of employed workers.

But the study said that assumed several unlikely outcomes from healthcare reform, such as Congress not exempting small employers, and companies not opting to pay the payroll tax.

The study says it’s more likely that jobs would be created because of new jobs sparked in the healthcare sector, savings for employers who lower their healthcare cost by paying the 8 percent tax and system-wide savings from slowing down the growth in the cost of healthcare.