Reince Priebus: Obamacare Intended to Burden the Young

Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 05:12 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The Affordable Care Act is "intentionally designed to screw over young people" who are being forced to pay higher premiums, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says.

"It wasn't a mistake. This thing was not an accident," Priebus told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"Obamacare was intentionally designed to screw over young people so that young people pay for everyone else's stuff.

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"That's what's going on and make no mistake, this is not the last time you're ever going to hear me say these things."

He said Republicans must appeal directly to young people, whose higher premiums will be used to pay for older people who have more health issues.

"It's about time that we start telling the truth and quit monkeying around with talking points and go right to the American people and right to young people and say exactly what I just said," Priebus said.

"They're getting screwed over by a plan designed to take more of their money to pay for the stuff of other people."

Priebus said Republican lawmakers, who've been accused of not presenting a viable alternative to the Affordable Care Act, have actually written about 200 bills in the House.

"We've had 200 of these bills that have gone through. Now, should we re-pass another one just to make the point? Maybe that's what they'll do," he said, adding that key issues such as open pricing and frivolous medical lawsuits should be addressed.

"It's very clear as a party that our candidates and our members, and me included, have to be very prepared to rattle off those three or four things [in an alternative plan] immediately.

"And it has to be quick because the Democrats come and say, well, everyone should have healthcare."

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Priebus criticized President Barack Obama's remarks about income inequality in which he urged Congress to raise wages to combat poverty.

"It was under this president, Mr. Income Inequality, that you've seen some of the biggest spreads of income inequality on his watch than any president that we've had in modern times," Priebus said.

"In other words, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and it's happening under Barack Obama's watch. Look at the stock market, look at the income distribution of the top 5 percent. They're doing a lot better under Barack Obama.

"Look at food stamps, we've had a 50 percent increase of people in this country that are on food stamps with this president ... The fact is people under Barack Obama are poorer today than they were when he started. He's the guy who should be talking to himself and looking at his own face in the mirror and giving the speech to himself about income inequality."

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