HOUSTON, TX – Obamacare became law in America back in 2009, but it seems Republicans have been fighting to overturn it every day since then. So the President granted Congress an exemption from having to participate. Things that make you go “hmm,” right?
“The single most important regulatory reform we can adopt is to repeal every single word of Obamacare,” said U.S. senator Ted Cruz, in Houston this week, speaking to the Texas Conservative Coalition.
Whoa, there Ted! You might want to check who’s actually taking advantage of it first. The part of the bill that allows folks 26 and under to stay on their parents’ health insurance — it’s not just democrat kids doing that. In fact, according to info from the liberal Commonwealth Fund, 63% of Republican young adults have signed up, too.
U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebellius, also in town for a speech this week, told the audience, “For the under 32-year-olds, when they get up every morning, health insurance is not the first thing on their minds.”
Probably not, but almost 70% of ’em are now covered. And most of those who aren’t say it’s because they can’t afford it.
Right now, it costs almost $6,000 for a single adult to get insured. That person usually pays about a grand of it, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. $16,000 will cover the average family. They’ll end up seeing $4,565 of that pulled out of their paychecks. That’s up about 4 to 5% this year.
But hey– we all need coverage. What folks don’t seem to realize is all those people without it still get medical treatment at places like Ben Taub. Who ends up paying for it? You and I, through higher rates.
So if everyone gets covered, eventually it should even out, right? We can only hope.