The senator who famously predicted that the Affordable Care Act will become President Obama’s “Waterloo” told MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown on Tuesday morning that young people will be “hung” by the law and admitted that the GOP is running out of ways to eliminate it.
Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) — now president of the Heritage Foundation — praised the efforts of Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to shut down the government if the funding resolution includes discretionary funding for the health care law, noting that this is “may be our last chance to stop it because millions of people are going to be signed up over the last few months.”
“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 said. Watch it:
DeMint conceded that Republicans will be unable to defund the law “a couple of years from now” when “millions [are] on it,” saying, “it’s going to be hard to return it.”
The Obama administration and health care advocates are encouraging young people to sign up for coverage when the law’s health care marketplaces open for business on October 1, even though the comprehensive plans may cost more than what many are paying now if they’re enrolled in bare-bones policies. However, young people and working people are also more likely to qualify for the law’s tax credits. One study found that “36.2 percent of those eligible for tax credits will be between the ages of 18 and 34. That’s the largest share of any age group, followed by adults between 35 and 54.”