Press Secretary Robert Gibbs warned students across the nation that repealing recent health care legislation would work against the college student’s interests in a press conference yesterday.
Students under the new Democratic-sponsored law can stay covered under their parent’s health care plan until they turn 26. Gibbs estimated 1.2 million young adults are affected by this decision.
“Graduates can make post-graduate plans that do not rely on their ability to find their own health care,” Matt Caffrey, president of College Democrats at Ohio State, said.
The law went into effect in March 2010.
Under the new health care plan, it is illegal for health care companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions under the age of 19. In 2012, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions will be allowed regardless of age.
Some Republicans are afraid additional rules will result in additional cost.
“Costs are going to skyrocket,” Dave Ebersole, president of the Law School Republicans, said. “This [law] is going to cause a lot of other budget cuts and people are not going to like it.”
Also included in the new law are Medicaid expansion to those who earn up to 133 percent of the poverty line and insurance exchanges where small businesses and individuals can buy insurance.
“People want a bigger bang for their health care dollar,” Gibbs said.
However, many Republicans have not been pleased with the new law’s effects on the economy and business.
“It’s unconstitutional to have someone buy insurance they do not want,” Lisa Peterson Hackley, spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, said.
Gibbs estimated between 250,000 and 400,000 jobs could be lost each year if the current legislation is repealed by a Republican-controlled House.
Speaker of the House John Boehner does not agree with Gibbs, noting his own report that predicts up to 650,000 in job losses if the law stays in effect.
“By raising taxes, imposing new mandates and increasing uncertainty for employers and entrepreneurs, ‘ObamaCare’ is already destroying jobs in this country,” Boehner said in a press release issued earlier this month.
House Republicans, now with a majority of votes, plan to repeal the law tomorrow in a symbolic gesture against its allegedly unconstitutional nature. Due to Democratic control in the White House and Senate, most experts do not predict the repeal will have any direct effect on future legislation.
Democrats are not amused by this symbolic move by the Republicans.
“Republicans will pay the price,” Gibbs said. “We can not afford to go backward.”
Ohio, under the direction of Mike DeWine, has joined with 19 other states to repeal the law through judicial channels.
“By ignoring the constitutional limits on federal power, the health care law tramples on the rights of Ohio’s citizens,” DeWine said in a press release last week.
President Obama, in a statement issued after the conference call, applauded health care reforms effects. “The American people have greater health security than they did a year ago,” Obama said.