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. rs

    It is amazing how dependent people are on the government. When do people start taking care of themselves for a change? Wait, you need to have someone else pay your way cause you refuse to do for yourself.
    Sure- everybody has $120,000 lying in their checking account to cover a heart attack or broken hip, right? Do you? If not- YOU need health insurance- in your world, I suppose that ability to afford insurance is some sort of social Darwinism, right? Death for the poor is just fine.

    December 21, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. rs

    Obama – Liar of the Year
    Hundreds of millions of tax dollars WASTED trying to hawk a product nobody asked for, nobody wants and that has options people are not even physically capable of utilizing, but which costs 2-3 times more than what people had. No wonder they are having problems getting people to buy this steamy piece of dog poop, aka Obamacare.
    Aside from the fact you clearly haven't grasped that the ACA is just an insurance marketplace, what about the $24 billion the GOP wasted in their little temper-tantrum, anti-American shutdown. Imagine how much good that could have done for the average American (do that math: $24 billion divided by 358 million).

    December 21, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. rs

    Hey, Gurgyl, surely if the ACA is settled law, you have a problem with the administration simply deciding which parts of it to carry out and which parts of it to delay without authorization from Congress, right?
    Basic civics class: Congress passes a law that designates HHS to run, that means HHS (part of the Executive Branch) has the ability to write REGULATIONS to implement the law. See? No (useless) Congress needed. Ever heard of the Code of Federal Regulations?

    December 21, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Listen, this president is very smarter than you would ever even imagine to think of–yes, he condoned the delay because the Law needs to kick in, thus companies will settle to offer insurances. The reason– they have to follow the law. It is a kind of consoling them to mitigate the wound–because it is all new for them, all these times they evaded without covering people, just making contract work etc. If you smart you understand him. Merry Christmas. Yes, ACA is a Law, nation needs very desperately.

    December 21, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Smith – no guns lost during wide receiver? You lie!

    December 21, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. LG

    Does the GOP have only one topic to talk about every Saturday? It seems really ridiculous!

    December 21, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @smith: "Acorn signing up dead people as democrats(voter fraud). Nicer try, but we got ya."

    Acorn and anyone can try to register to vote anyone or anything they want – but it is each states Secretary of State that verifies the registration and decides whether to put that person on the rolls. Which is why voter fraud is virtually non-existent.

    Nice try, but we – and the FACTS – got ya.

    December 21, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. ladies first

    Seriously we all have each other to count on and the last time i looked thats a lot of kindred souls just reach out to that stranger your neighbor we are all waiting with open arms and love is free try passing it on and it will boomarang across this nation USA for all other nations to see LOVE HEALS THE HEART

    December 21, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @Old and Healthy: I agree with you on Evergreen's thoughtful post. If you want to live in a civil society, you have to be willing to pay for schools when your kids are no longer attending, etc.

    To Rant Paul, libertarians and others who want to live in a dog-eat-dog world, I strongly suggest you first live as a person of average means in a third-world country like I did growing up (my dad was career Army). Knock yourselves with the lack of reliable infrastructure, education only for the wealthy, ditto for healthcare and pervasive corruption.

    Because that's what you get when you pit the Haves against the Have-Nots.

    December 21, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Obamacare, IMHO, is going to turn out to be a monumental "Clunker for Cash"

    I hope CNN or some other serious news source is keeping track of the total spending for the implementation of Obamacare. We know what we were told it would cost.

    The citizens of the US deserve to have that figure made public with a detailed spending breakdown.

    December 21, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Erick Holmes

    Aaron Schock, it doesn't seem like you learned a damn thing after the October shutdown. Quit being the yes man and do the job the people of Peoria elected you to do. And it's becoming a broken record, saying Obamacare is a bad product. My G**. Wake the hell up. No wonder we got so many problems.

    December 21, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Gamin

    Obamacare is turning out to be a monumental Clunker for Cash program.

    My only hope is that we will find out exactly how much (over budget) the implementation will have cost with a breakdown of spending (original budget, development costs, fixes cost, additional personnel, advertising, etc.). Then how much the coverage of Insurance companies "additional costs for a few years" and the Medicaid expansion will cost.

    The citizens of this country deserve to know how their money is being used – especially how much extra has been spend due to the administrations catastrophic management from the start.

    December 21, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    Obamacare isn't perfect. Single-payor as laid out in HR 676 would have been perfect, but we couldn't do that. Obamacare is a step in the right direction, and when it's over its growing pains, it will be a very good thing for the country. that's what repugs are afraid of. it will be a great positive part of Obama's legacy and that just eats the repugs alive, that he should have done something good after all they've done to stop him from doing anything good for the country that elected him, twice!

    December 21, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. king

    its crazy if the subject is the sky, the repubs always blame obama for the skies falling, because he wants the american people to forget about OBAMACARE. do we still have intelligent people left in america. its amazing to see the economy shooting up like a blazing star from the second greatest financial disaster in our history. and yet the dems dont show the stock market booming out of the stratesphere, housing market zooming, the rich came out of the financial crash to be the richest in the history of this country. why the hell dont the dems stop the repubs in their tracks when they want to zoom in on every glitch this nation has just to blame it on obama. yet they never blame obama when the economy is zooming upward. STOP THEM IN THE TRACKS DEMS AND SHOUT; YOU REPUBS JUST WANT TO LOOK AT FAILURE BECAUSE YOU DONT WANT THE AMERICAN TO SEE HOW WELL THIS ECONOMY IS BOOMING.

    December 21, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. Dan5404

    In the long run, people will vote for the people that are trying to do what's best for the PEOPLE, not corporations. You can sugar-coat the propaganda all you want, but the fact is that no matter who the candidate, he still has to follow the basic ultra-conservative extremist policies of the GOP to even get the nomination. The nation has rejected those policies in two presidential elections and have watched years of total obstruction to progress in education, immigration reform, infrastructure rebuilding, women's rights and minority voting rights from the GOP. I don't think they will go for the same old negativism next time, either, especially since the economy seems to be getting better Obama care will work despite launch problems and in time the loud unfounded rants against it will die away.

    December 21, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Correction: "Knock yourselves with the lack of reliable infrastructure, education only for the wealthy, ditto for healthcare and pervasive corruption."

    Should read: ""Knock yourselves OUT with the lack of reliable infrastructure, education only for the wealthy, ditto for healthcare and pervasive corruption."

    December 21, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. rupert

    I agree

    December 21, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. rupert


    December 21, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. S. B. Stein

    The problem is that many of the GOP/teapublicans have failed to show what they would do something different to get more people covered under some medical insurance. What is their option? I don't see it and haven't heard of one. The other option is that the wealthiest top 1% to 2% could form a non-profit to cover the country for medical insurance that would allow the government to avoid doing this. The wealthy have failed to do this.

    December 21, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    Not speaking the whole truth and nothing but the truth all of the time in an integral part of the definition/ Job spec need of anyone entering political life. Politifact.com (TM) has created a very successful business out this simple truth and fact. Economics a great part of politics via budgets and diverse economic theories mean s you can use the old adage of lies, damn lies and statistics, to support any view you like... which is truth and which a lie depends on your own political persuasion.
    Get over it GOP health care will be law and remain so after 2014 and 2016 the Gop needs a new policy drum rather obstructionism and Repeal PPACA you'll never get 67 vote to avoid a presidential veto.
    All those people who could get Medicaid but cant because of GOP controlled states are going to feel the heat in 2014
    National elections are not the same as state see Virginia GOP and watch out.

    December 21, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  21. YUCK

    Also the great GOP doesn't mention how much medical malpractices we have here in America,especially towards people of color, and people living in poverty,also they're patience that have been victims of such aweful practices that are still waiting in trial for justice.like my mother who just recently died,do to medical malpractice.

    December 22, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  22. don in albuquerque

    @Obama-Liar of the Year-Just from reading your first line I would say YOU are the new winner of liar of the year. "Nobody asked for, nobody wanted"? When did you get elected to speak for everybody, and apparently about something you know nothing about. Go stick your head back in the sand or where ever else you stick it.

    December 22, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. Hector Slagg

    THe ACA is Settled Law? Well ya coulda fooled me. The Supreme Court moved the Goal Posts so they could Affirm it. BUT, now Obama keeps moving the goal posts because it is like a Hot Potato. Really too hot to handle. Too bad the Web Site was a dismal failure on Roll Out. Until that is fixed, (Probably Never) we won't know how bad or how good it is. The best thing would be to dump the whole shooting match and start over. Since they won't do that just like everything the Liberal's try to do it will be a jumbled mess with no end in sight. Clue. Get rid of it ! Clue. It is Unconstutional.

    December 22, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Jay Adams

    Obamacare will have a rough start but as soon as everyone signs up rates will get cheaper Just like any other insurance company. Also.. obamacare will accept preexisting conditions that most insurance companies would deny you for. As for the government leeches.. I would support a law that restricted deadbeats from producing children. Ssi handouts have become a fungus and it spreads more everyday. None of this would be a nightmare if capable people stopped being lazy.

    December 22, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Are you kidding me?
    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.
    The teaklans are really out of control regarding the citizens of the US.

    December 22, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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