At least a part of it. In an interview this morning on KTRS with McGraw Milhaven, Missouri's own Sen. Roy Blunt defended a part of the historic legislation, even going so far as to take all the credit for the portion which allows for young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, crowing about how he introduced the same legislation while in the House.
McGraw Milhaven: If this Supreme Court calls [Obamacare] unconstitutional, and that’s unconstitutional they also rule they throw the whole thing out, what happens to the 24 year old who’s getting insurance on it, their parents’ insurance plan because of that law, do they wake up the next day and just not have insurance?
Sen. Blunt: Well, they’ve got insurance and the company has decided to insure them and that would last for a little while. I believe that’s one of the things that Congress would surely reinstate. That was my bill in the House, McGraw, nobody else offered that bill, I thought it was a way to get a significant number of the uninsured into an insurance group with not much cost, you know young people are generally healthy, they think they don’t need insurance, they don’t buy insurance, and often they’re right, they don’t need it, uh, and that was my bill. I’m the only person who introduced that legislation, it’s one of the things I think should continue to be the case.
So much for hating Obamacare, I guess. Here's the thing: there is so much more in the bill that Americans want to keep: things like not being able to deny people based on preexisting conditions, and no longer having an annual or lifetime limits on needed care, requiring that insurers must justify rate hikes to their premium holders. Americans also appreciate the fact that no longer can insurance companies discriminate based on gender, that there will be no copays for birth control, breast pumps and domestic violence screening (though we know where Blunt stands on those issues), and small businesses get tax credits to help provide insurance to their workers.
Why doesn't Blunt support these other, just as popular parts of Obamacare? Additionally, there is no committment from other republicans that if, god forbid, they were able to repeal the entire bill or the Supreme Court throws the bill out, they'll immediately turn around and pass legislation that would allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance. Or require that insurers not deny people based on gender, preexisting conditions, or have annual or lifetime caps. In fact, since Obamacare passed, republicans have beat the repeal and replace drum over and over and over again, but never actually said what they'd replace it with.
So even if Blunt again introduced legislation that would allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance, there's no guarantee that the 2.5 million young adults who now have access to health care coverage thanks to Obamacare would continue to have insurance.
But thanks for admitting that you like even a part of the bill, Sen. Blunt. Good on you for that.
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