Illinois Rep. Schock: Obamacare 'Bad Product for Young People'

Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 07:27 AM

By Todd Beamon

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Obamacare is "a bad product for young people," says Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock.

In Saturday's weekly Republican address, Schock said his state was spending $1 million this week on Obamacare television ads to reach young adults — on top of the $684 million already spent so far on national advertising.

"But no matter how many actors, and rappers, and rock stars the president rolls out, the best sales pitch in the world can’t sell a bad product," he said.

Editor's Note: 22 Hidden Taxes and Fees Set to Hit You With Obamacare. Read the Guide to Protect Yourself.

Schock spoke from Eureka College, former President Ronald Reagan's alma mater in Eureka, Ill.

He cited reports showing that younger, healthier people will be paying overpriced premiums under President Barack Obama's healthcare law to subsidize older, sicker ones.

"In other words, they are forced by law to shift the cost of older and sicker patients onto young people," Schock said. "And the president needs a lot of young people, about 2.7 million, to enroll so he can shift the costs onto them and keep premiums from skyrocketing.

"In Washington, they call this 'community rating,' but where I come from, we call it a ripoff," he added.

Schock chided that the winning song in a contest for pitching the Affordable Care Act to millennials included the line, "Don't worry about the price tag."

"It’s tough not to worry about the price tag when you’re racking up tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, doing work-study to make it by, and trying to save for your first apartment — all at a time when youth unemployment in this country is nearly 16 percent," he said.

"Young people helped put the president in office, and with this healthcare law, he’s pushing them into years of less choice, fewer opportunities, and larger bills. This isn’t how it was supposed to be."

Washington lawmakers can best connect with young Americans by giving them "the chance to build confidence, giving them an incentive to work, and save, and to invest, take risks, and rekindle that entrepreneurial spirit that sets this country apart," Schock said.

"The president’s healthcare law does none of this — and it only sets us back and makes things more expensive," he added. "I know, and you know, that we can do better."

Editor's Note: 22 Hidden Taxes and Fees Set to Hit You With Obamacare. Read the Guide to Protect Yourself.

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