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Another Republican Comes Out Against Extending Dependent Health Coverage To 26 Year-Olds

By Igor Volsky

"Another Republican Comes Out Against Extending Dependent Health Coverage To 26 Year-Olds"

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)

Republicans have been all over the map on which parts of the Affordable Care Act they preserve and which they want to repeal, but if we consider the bill House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) offered in 2009 as a blueprint for where the party stands on health care, then we can assume that most Republicans support allowing children to stay on their parents’ health care plan well into their 20s. The reform is designed to ensure that college-aged students have a sound coverage option.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has previously spoken out against this provision and now Luke Russert is reporting that Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) would also oppose the measure:

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.

A recent New York Times/CBS poll found that an untraceable percentage of voters want to repeal the 26 year old provision, suggesting that many are using it to extend insurance to their children.

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