Talking on the House floor today about the provision that allows children to stay on their parent’s health-care plan until they’re 26 years old, Kingston said (paraphrasing here, but pretty close):
“I have four kids under the age of 26. I have raised them to be responsible. The average age of soldiers in Vietnam was 19. World War II probably the same. I have raised my kids to be responsible, to get health care at 21. Kids don’t need to be running home to mommy and daddy until they’re 26 for healthcare.”
Back in January, King similarly explained that he opposed the provision because it could permit some younger members of Congress to “still be on mommy and daddy’s health insurance policy” (rather than the government-funded care he receives) when they’re elected to Congress.
All this means that if Republicans want to include this provision in their replacement legislation (should they ever produce one) they might have quite the fight on their hands from more conservative members who are already benefiting from government sponsored coverage but refuse to extend similar benefits to all Americans.