One of the biggest advantages to the recent health care reform act is that it allows young adults to stay covered under their parents’ insurance plans years longer than they could under the previous medical system. At a time when unemployment for recent grads is sky high, and many of the jobs that are open don’t offer benefits, a little extra time on a parent’s plan could mean the difference between success and failure post graduation.
Yet the Republican party, including Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, wants to recall this provision, as well as the entirety of health care reform. But in Brown’s case its most surprising since he of all people should understand how important it is.
After all, his adult daughter is being covered under his own plan.
According to the Boston Globe, the senator’s 23 year old daughter is reaping one of the major benefits of having a parent in Congress — the extended coverage for even adult-aged children. But Brown doesn’t see his fight to eliminate a benefit that he himself takes advantage of to be an issue. “Brown said the extended use of his congressional coverage is not inconsistent with his criticism of the federal law, enacted over his objection after he won a special election in 2010, because the same coverage could be required by individual states.”
So, is it hypocritical for Brown to condemn the Affordable Care Act and campaign on its repeal while at the same time admitting how beneficial its policies are?
Looks like the voters will decide that in November.
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