(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.