White House press Sec’y Jay Carney on young adults
(Just the first few paragraphs and emphasis added)
“Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney,
The White House Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 18, 2013
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
12:43 P.M. EST
MR. CARNEY: Before I take your questions, I want to welcome you here to the briefing room for your daily briefing. And first, I’d like to say that today we are highlighting how the Affordable Care Act helps young adults.
As you know, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will meet with a group of moms in the Oval Office. They will be joined by White House senior advisor and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett. Moms have a unique role to play in helping young adults gain health care coverage. Thanks to the health care law, over 3 million young adults gained insurance because they can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.
Before the health care law, many insurance companies would kick young adults off of their parents’ health plans on their 19th birthday, or when they stopped being a full-time student. For a lot of young adults, that’s the exact time when they need the stability of being able to stay on their parents’ plans because they are transitioning in and out of school or jobs. Now families have the security of knowing that their children can stay on their parents’ plans until their 26th birthday.
The Affordable Care Act also provides new coverage for young adults — new coverage options for young adults who may not have access to health coverage through their parents, their school, or through their employer. Nearly half of eligible single young adults who are uninsured may be able to get coverage for $50 or less per month in the health insurance marketplaces in 2014. And nearly 7 in 10 single young adults who are uninsured may be able to pay $100 or less. In addition, many young adults will be newly eligible for Medicaid, which, in a growing number of states led by both Democrats and Republicans, is expanding under the Affordable Care Act.
If opponents of reform had their way, if they repealed the health care law, millions of young adults who have gained health insurance through their parents’ health plans would have that right taken away, while others would lose access to Medicaid or to tax credits, raising costs for millions of middle-class families.”
Okay, I highlighted salient portions of Mr. Carney’s soliloquy rather than link to it because his opening identifies some inconsistencies, as well as reiterating a tired old refrain.
The National Center for Education Statistics has several age ranges with the last category being 22-24 year olds so I cannot understand the government continually referring to ADULTS in their mid 20’s essentially as children. Granted, in the literal sense we are all our parents’ children regardless our age but this is beyond the pale. What is being asked of us is to consider capable individuals as young, inexperienced and unable to care for themselves without the assistance of their parents or Our Father, who art in Washington.
Government identification of age range for childhood and adulthood
Council on Women and Girls
White House Council on Women And Girls….did not know there WAS such a thing. This was a program begun in Mr. Obama’s first term, within weeks of his inauguration. It seeks to increase the proportion of American female participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). It seeks to correct an ‘inequality’ in gender representation and emphasizes on more than one occasion that Women in those fields earn 33% more than their non-STEM counterparts. I think we need to address the main issue in that primary education, public schools in the USA, do not adequately prepare students for the challenges of the present, much less the future. You got to WANNA learn and you have GOT to have the resources available to nourish developing minds. This makes education a participatory process where they teach and we learn.
Over 3 million staying on their parents insurance til age 26. Okay, we will take that at face value. Here is where ‘bogus’ comes in. We all know it is not so much as what you say but how you say it. Mr. Carney continues on to say that the Insurance companies would ‘kick’ ‘children’ off coverage at 19 or when they ceased being full-time students. I would call that time as when they should be treated as responsible adults and carry their weight.
Here I have a little trouble keeping up with the math. Mr. Carney says that HALF of the eligible single young adults would pay $50 or less monthly in the marketplace. He continues to say that 7 out of 10 would pay $100 or less in the marketplace. My math issue is that if 50% are paying $50, how are there 70% remaining to pay $100? With basic arithmetic skills lacking, it is doubtful we will outperform ANYONE. Or did he mean that the 50% would be paying $50 and an additional 20% would be paying between $50 and $100 with the remaining 30% paying in excess of $100. It would have been simpler and more HONEST to be specific, rather than give us easy-to-digest figures that only told part of the story. More onerous is that we are increasing the Medicaid rolls. Now ALL parents and non-parents are paying for the coverage of those who should have been responsible for themselves long ago.
Next the obligatory finger pointing at the GOP then the statement about the millions that would be left out in the cold should conservatives have their way. I believe the number was THREE million? He said so earlier. We have seen in the last few months that costs are going up for everyone but Washington insiders and their minions (and no, not the cute little characters from the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise). The Affordable Care Act would have to be scrapped for middle class families to actually save that $2500 annually and see their rates go back down. Then again, those plans no longer exist, do they? Damn greedy….ummm, Insurance Companies? Yeah! DEM bums!