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.

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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. CB FL

    The Dems are going to bring up minimum wages after the first of the year. Watch how face the GOP tries to change the subject. This is losing issue for them and they are scared.

    December 22, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. w l jones

    Ask medical provider is it bad product construction at and all time high and vast amount of people knowing they finaly join the rest of world in providing healthcare for it people.

    December 22, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Jose

    Have ant one have tought where would go that mony? how mant usa people go to doctor in Nexico for example? All that mony (forced bought) will go out...

    December 22, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. John in Brooklyn

    Actually, it's not Obamacare that has failed young people, it's the Republicans who insisted on the individual mandate when the law was passed AND consistently voted against funding any subsidies for recent high school or college graduates who are unemployed.

    December 22, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. bevga

    John, there was a majority of Democrats in the Senate and Congress. They didn't need one Republican vote for Obamacare. The Democrats did what they wanted to do with no Republican obstruction because there wasn't enough Republicans to obstruct.

    The Obamacare debacle is ONLY the Democrats' fault. The Democrats shoved it down America's throat without even knowing what this law was all about.

    December 22, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. norma jean

    Isn't Illinois one of the states that is turning down access to Obamacare?????/

    December 22, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Thia

    I have had health insurance all my adult life through an employer. I didn't pay less when I was young just because I was young. After all the young will be old someday, and they will need affordable health insurance then too. In the ACA the young do pay less than older people, which I disagree with. The premium should be based on income and not age. But the ACA is better than nothing at all, and it is time. I know people who have signed up and they are so relieved to be able to get affordable coverage. Unfortunately, Issa is my Congressman. I wish there was some way to get him out of office. He is one of the wealthiest members of congress and cares nothing about the welfare of his constituents.

    December 22, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Larisa

    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.

    I think Schock needs to catch up to 2013, or at least 2008. This is not the reality for young people today. For the last decade+ the risks that young people have to take means not having health insurance because they have to go through another round of unpaid internships without benefits. Or maybe taking a job which is precisely what they paid large sums to receive a good education for, but the company is only hiring contractors to purposefully avoid providing benefits. This is a system that only stifles any career risk taking- so many people I have known have stayed in jobs which are stagnant- for fear of losing health insurance. We are missing out on what our young people have to offer today with the current state of affairs. This is a huge blow to innovation, diversity, and connectedness in this country.

    Obamacare may or may not set out what it is meant to do, but at least something is changing with the criminal healthcare system that the US has tried to sell to its own citizens for far too long.

    I am going to take this moment to also put in a plug for the NHS in Britain- it far exceeded any healthcare that I have experienced here in the States, as an adult with health insurance that I had earned at a good job, from my hard work and good education.

    December 22, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. neutral observer

    Obamacare fails young people??? Young people usually don't have to worry about MRI's, catscans, or diagnostic tests. It's the middle to ole age people who will lose out for sure.

    December 22, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. john

    Grow up ! All of you there is no free lunch. Obama Care will fall under its own weight because it is simply financially unsustainable

    December 22, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  11. HemiHead66

    That's alright, because the GOP fail everybody. The first thing on their "screw-you" health care reform bill is caps on medical malpractice lawsuits. Hack doctors and nurses kill and disable thousands of people a year, and the GOP want to deny you your right to fair compensation to lower health care costs, which it won't do. Just look at all the GOP tort reform in Texas, they have the highest health care costs in the country right now. But at least the GOP let everybody have their guns, this way they can get fair compensation the old fashion way.

    December 23, 2013 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  12. Dar

    I cant wait for the young people who already have a hard time paying their rent each month to have to come up with the extra money to pay for their insurance that they thought was going to be so wonderful 5 years ago.
    People need to stop running with blinders on and start thinking ahead of how this sweet deal, is going to change their pay checks. Lots more part time help adds coming to a paper near you soon.
    Now that the sugar has run out of the chocolate Obama was feeding people it starting to taste like what it really is, crap!!!

    December 23, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
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