ThinkProgress twists Jim DeMint’s words but admits that young people “going to get hung” with Obamacare

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 8, 2013

The progressive organization ThinkProgress outdid themselves Monday when they attempted to distort Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint’s words about Obamacare.

The former South Carolina Senator was describing to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd how young Americans are going to be stuck with the tab for the costly and burdensome law when he acknowledged that Millennials “are going to get hung” with it.

“The president has gone around the law to waive it. Now we see the Congress gets exceptions, big unions, big corporations, it’s the little guy, it’s the young people that are going to get hung with this thing and lose their insurance,” DeMint told Todd.

ThinkProgress later attempted to claim that Republicans had run out of ways to repeal the law before it goes into effect in January because DeMint praised the efforts of Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who have threatened to shut down the federal government if the continuing resolution that the government needs to pass by September 30 includes discretionary funding for Obamacare.

Here’s the thing: ThinkProgress is partly right in their analysis of DeMint’s interview – young Americans are “going to get hung” with Obamacare.

For starters, who’s going to pay for the increase in federal taxes because of the costs of socialized medicine in the U.S. Not the senior citizens who are benefitting the most right now from the health services provided by Obamacare. Not even the baby boomers and Generation Xers who are midway through their careers and thus ultimately paying less into the program than what they will receive benefit-wise.

The answer: the Millennials who are just starting out in their careers, taking part-time jobs because that’s all that’s available while still being forced to pay into Obamacare because their employers won’t cover their insurance.According to The Washington Examiner, a 30-year-old male making $35,000 would have to pay nearly $3,000 annually for basic coverage under the Affordable Care Act – much more than what they’d have to pay in any state now.

And yes, Millennials under the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ healthcare plans regardless of their situation – but what if their parents don’t have health insurance anymore because of Obamacare? That’s clearly something Obama and Congressional Democrats failed to think about when they drafted the 2,700-page law.

ThinkProgress also overstated how much young people will benefit from the law’s tax credits. In their article, the progressive organization cited a study by The Lewin Group – which is owned by UnitedHealthcare – claiming that 36.2 percent of those eligible for tax credits are between the ages of 18 and 34. Yet as The Huffington Post points out, the vast majority of Millennials who will qualify for tax credits are already employed – thus the credits aren’t even helping those who most need them.

Once again a progressive organization attempted to defend President Obama’s signature legislative act, and once again it failed to do so in spectacular fashion.


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