Obamacare has been nothing but harmful to young Americans, particularly those who are generally in good health and can’t afford the high premiums mandated by President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Fortunately, the House Republican Conference has a solution around this problem, as noted by the committee’s new web video about the “unfair” individual mandate.
The video, which was released Wednesday morning, calls on Millennials to support H.R. 4118, the GOP’s Simple Fairness Act. The bill, which the House passed on Wednesday, would eliminate the fine for opting out of the Affordable Care Act in 2014. President Obama has already threatened to veto the bill should it reach his desk.
“The Affordable Care Act already includes affordability and special-circumstances exceptions for Americans who cannot afford insurance,” the White House said in a statement Tuesday. “And the individual shared responsibility provision is essential to ensuring that the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions can get coverage without being charged more or losing coverage when they get sick.”
“Repealing this part of the law would also result in higher premiums for those who remain uninsured, fewer premium tax credits for middle-income families, and increased cost-shifting of uncompensated care to health care providers, workers, and businesses.”
This year’s fine is either $95 or one percent of the individual’s taxable income, whichever is greater.
The video, which features a cartoonist illustrating the harmful effects of the individual mandate on a white board, stresses the idea that even paying $300-$400 per month for insurance under the Affordable Care Act could mean the difference between paying one’s monthly rent or car payments and not breaking the law. It points out that for many young Americans, who eat right, workout regularly and are relatively healthy, the fine is one expense they just can’t afford.
“President Obama and Vice President Biden say you just need to pay $300 to $400 a month for it. That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?” the narrator says while drawing dollar bills on the whiteboard. “They don’t understand that $300 to $400 a month equals a car payment or a month’s rent.”
“Do you think it’s fair to be fined for something you don’t want? House Republicans don’t,” the narrator continues.
Watch the video below.
This piece has been updated.