Weekly addresses: GOP says Obamacare fails young people; White House looks ahead to 2014
December 21st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Weekly addresses: GOP says Obamacare fails young people; White House looks ahead to 2014

(CNN) – House Republicans took aim at Obamacare in their weekly address, while in his own weekly address President Obama looked back on recent progress in Congress.

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, in remarks released Saturday, delivered the Republicans’ address from Eureka College, in Eureka, Illinois. He condemned Obamacare as a “bad product” for young people while criticizing the administration for designing a publicity campaign that focuses on attracting millennials.

Meanwhile, Obama didn't mention health care in his address, also released Saturday morning from the White House, but described the progress he feels Congress is making in finding consensus when it comes to the budget and clearing the President's nominations for a number of key positions.

House Republican address

According to Schock, Obamacare is a “ripoff” for young people because it shifts “the cost of older and sicker patients onto young people.”

“The state of Illinois is spending a million dollars just this week on television advertising to try and sell the health care law. This is on top of $684 million already being spent nationwide to promote it,” says Schock.

He says the aggressive campaign to enroll young people is a sales pitch for a law that should be scrapped.

“We should make it so that young people pay their fair share for health care, and nothing more. And instead of Washington telling us what to buy, let’s get back to letting every American choose the plan that's best for them and their family,” says Schock.

Schock also goes further than criticizing Obamacare, taking aim at the president’s credibility with a demographic that overwhelmingly supported him in both presidential elections.

“Young people helped put the president in office, and with this health care law, he’s pushing them into years of less choice, fewer opportunities, and larger bills.”

Schock argues that the best way government can help young people is by getting “out of the way.”

He advocates for a government that gives “young people the chance to build confidence, give them an incentive to work, and save, and invest, take risks, and rekindle that entrepreneurial spirit that sets this country apart.”
“Hard work and a good education will take you further than any government program,” says Schock.

White House address

President Obama praises the recent signs of compromise in Congress just before members got out of town for the holidays.

He praises the recent budget vote, saying that “it clears the path for critical investments in the things that grow our economy and strengthen our middle class, like education and research. And it will keep reducing our deficits at a time when we’ve seen four years of the fastest deficit reduction since the end of World War II.”

Obama also praises votes in Congress that clear the way for several nominees in different positions at the IRS, Department of Homeland Security and a federal judge.

The President sounds hopeful as he looks ahead to 2014, and puts a year that saw the longest federal government shutdown in history, behind him.

“So after a year of showdowns and obstruction that only held back our economy, we’ve been able to break the log jam a bit over the last few weeks. It’s a hopeful sign that we can end the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making and actually work together to get things done,” says Obama.

However, Obama also criticizes a lack of action from Congress on unemployment benefits, saying that it “is a lifeline that can make the difference between temporary hardship or lasting catastrophe. Instead of punishing these families, who can least afford it, especially now, Congress should first restore that lifeline immediately.”

Both address look ahead to next Wednesday, wishing a Merry Christmas to Americans around the country.


Filed under: Aaron Schock • House Republicans • Obamacare • President Obama
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Ah!!! It fails because it covers young till the age of 26 years old, they are under parents coverage. GOP garbage needs to stop. ACA is a Law. Period.

    December 21, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Are these GOP thugs still preaching to uneducated USA? All garbage. Karma.

    December 21, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The entire Republican Party has failed all Americans, not just young people. I was hoping that the GOP would stop encouraging people to break the law, but they have continued their efforts to attack ACA. The GOP will once again be on the wrong side of history with ACA, as enrollments have started picking up and may will meet the 7 million goal.

    December 21, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Not true but what is very obvious and very true is that the teaklans don't care about anybody but the 2% and keeping their jobs by gerrymandering districts so they can never be thrown out of their cushy jobs.

    December 21, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    When the GOP loses the ACA battle, they can go back to their other debunked false accusations: Benghazi, operation wide receiver (oops that was Bush) I mean fast and furious, NSA ( oops that was Bush) , and the non story from IRS. I think even the GOP knows ACORN was never a story.

    December 21, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. smith

    The healthcare system in the US was flawed before the ACA. However, instead of making it better, the ACA has made it worse and it is not pratical for the working US citizens. When you rush a complicated objective, you will have flaws and backlash. Obama and the democrats are feeling that backlash and they deserve it.

    December 21, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Evergreen

    Many senior citizens can make the arguement: I don't have school age children so why do I have to pay property taxes to support public schools. The reason: We are a society that looks out for one another. Young people today, if the live long enough, will someday be senior citizens. It's bad enough to pit the Haves and the Have Nots against each other. Now the GOP wants to turn the Young against the Old and Sick.

    December 21, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. rs

    How can one party get away with undermining existing law with lies and rumors? Sure, Social Security "fails" young people, as does life insurance, yes, health care insurance too. Anyone who buys house or car insurance and never have to make a claim may well feel the same way. That line of "logic" ignores why such insurance exists- because when a medical disaster occurs (or a car wreck, etc.) the looming personal fiscal disaster wipes out young people. What the GOP fails to point out is THAT is their definition of "freedom", and they don't care if you wind up homeless in the gutter. In fact- that is what they want.

    December 21, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. wendel

    as usual the republicans leave this year on a negative note with no ideas or solutions. The president is much more positive and looking toward the new year. Gee maybe that's why the GOP is in the toilet . Tired of their negative comments and nasty remarks. The party is a downer. the members are wacko's the ideas ? Well no ideas. Mean while 1 million more people have now got health insurance and the number is growing.

    December 21, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    Ya know the truth, the REAL TRUTH about ObmaCare will not be known for several years. It will now just have to play itself out. Why? Because both sides have told so many lies there is no longer any way to find out what the truth is, and as we have now been shown-if you tell a lie enough times it becomes the truth. And no don't just come back with your whiny little talking points-no one has presented an honest picture in the issue. The Right is no better then the Left.

    December 21, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Thomas

    “bad product” for young people ?

    What did the Republicans offer young people "

    More of the same , NOTHING .

    December 21, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Ray

    Ah yes the GOP…..the ever watchful consumer protection arm of the American People. That would be the same GOP that is against ANYTHING & EVERYTHING that might result in even the slightest measure of oversight on big business, including oversight on insurance companies dropping people for getting sick or denying coverage for having been sick. Now in their rabid attempts to stop this law the GOP will seize on "Fails the Young People" as the latest lever to stop the law. OK GOP if this does fail the young people WHAT THE HELL IS THE SOLUTION YOU ARE OFFERING Rep. Shock????????

    December 21, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Hey republicans! What does Fox and the GOP say? "Lie, lie lie, accuse, accuse, lie, lie lie."

    December 21, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    If it was up to republicans, young people would not be allowed to stay on their parents policy until age 26.

    December 21, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. rs

    Unemployment-down
    Economic productivity-up
    Stock Market-at record levels
    Deficit-down
    1 war ended, 1 ending
    The GOP? The 5-year do-nothings- except of course gripe!

    December 21, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. rs

    Tampa Tim
    According to smith, ACA has made our 38th world ranking health care system worse, by adding more insured people, with better policies with less cost for most. Even the brain dead baggers should see through that, but I doubt it.
    __________________
    Well, yeah. The GOP lives in upside-down world where less health insurance for citizens is better (and I guess the resulting higher costs for all of us, the resulting death and bankruptcy). War is better than diplomacy; socialism is better for the rich and corporations than the poor; taking away people's rights to vote (or marry) is "freedom". They are delusional and clearly out of touch with the real world.

    December 21, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    rs – What is really sad, is that the republican agenda is attack women's reproductive rights, attack voting rights, defund ACA, eliminate food stamps, cut unemployment benefits, attack the big three, refuse money for retired veterans, while trying to start a war with Iran and protect tax cuts for those who least need it. Quite an agenda for failure, don't you think?

    December 21, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @rs: "The GOP lives in upside-down world where less health insurance for citizens is better (and I guess the resulting higher costs for all of us, the resulting death and bankruptcy). War is better than diplomacy; socialism is better for the rich and corporations than the poor; taking away people's rights to vote (or marry) is "freedom". They are delusional and clearly out of touch with the real world."

    No, the GOP lives and breathes the dystopian world of the novel, "1984."

    December 21, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @Tampa Tim: Other things that Obamacare does that wouldn't exist if the GOP had its way:

    – Eliminates lifetime limits on essential medical expenses;

    – Prohibits insurers from dropping your coverage or raising your premiums if you get sick — or from denying coverage if you have a preexisting condition;

    – Caps annual out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses up to an estimated $6,400 for individuals and $12,800 for families.

    December 21, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Did Donna get the day off from Fox?

    December 21, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    The individual mandate requirement of Obamacare requires most Americans to maintain "minimum essential" health insurance coverage. This is the SAME requirement that the Heritage Foundation proposed when it came up with a healthcare reform proposal back in the 90s (in response to the reform proposed by the Clinton Administration).

    This is the part that President Obama should have been more explicit about when he said folks could keep their doctor – IF their plan included these minimum requirements (which are modeled after a "typical" employer-provided plan).

    And just what are these 10 items essential health benefits that insurance companies must include in their health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of Affordable Insurance Exchanges (companies are free to offer additional items and services)? Here is the list, which was devised based on what is
    found in a typical employer plan and was based on standard medical criteria (developed by health professionals):

    1. Ambulatory patient services
    2. Emergency services
    3. Hospitalization
    4. Maternity and newborn care
    5. Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health

    treatment
    6. Prescription drugs
    7. Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
    8. Laboratory services
    9. Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
    10. Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

    December 21, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Hooper

    Here's my XMAS wish for all repub's and especially the teatards. DROP DEAD.

    December 21, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. david wirsig

    TWO words: TERM LIMITS -Power is a drug and politicians are addicted!!- they use taxpayer money to buy votes and bend to special interest groups to get their next fix – This countries founders envisioned a constant turnover of those who come from and are like the people they represent. NOT an aristocracy of professional politicians!!! The only way we the people can retake the government is by limiting it and the terms of those who represent us. One problem – too many *&^% lawyers – it seems most have been conditioned to argue over the smallest of details and that the end justifies the means – winning is everything!! While a few sprinkled in may be okay – there are far too many – what about some more small business owners, doctors AND nurses, plumbers and electricians, a beautician, some teachers, accountants, housewives, garbage collectors, carpenters-- – heck just some more of US to represent the U. S. we love

    December 21, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. smith

    @Tampa & rs- So higher plan costs, higher ductibles, people losing coverage, a dismal rollout, and lying about the program to the american people are good things. I don`t thinks so.

    December 21, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. smith

    @Tampa Tim-No guns were lost or linked to US border agents murder during operation wide rec. unlike fast and furious. The taps that caused outrage in the world were done under Obama. Acorn signing up dead people as democrats(voter fraud). Nicer try, but we got ya.

    December 21, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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