This morningâ€™s 5-4 decision from the Supreme Court upholding the â€œindividual mandateâ€ provisions of Obamacare as permissible through Congressâ€™ taxing power confirmed what Republicans have long said: that contrary to President Obamaâ€™s rhetoric, Obamacare raises taxes.
â€œYoung Americans are faced with the prospect of either paying increased premiums for extensive coverage they may not need, or paying the Obamacare tax,â€ said Derek Flowers, executive director of Crossroads Generation. â€œThis is yet another reason why we believe young Americans at the polls this fall will vote to take the nation in a different direction.â€
Health insurance premiums surged in 2011, up 9% according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, making insurance less and less affordable for young Americans.
In arguments in front of the Supreme Court, Obamaâ€™s own Solicitor General confirmed that the regulations and mandate in Obamacare would require young, healthy Americans to pay for far more premiums than theyâ€™d need.
JUSTICE ALITO: ...If you took the group of people who are subject to the mandate and you calculated the amount of health care services this whole group would consume and figured out the cost of an insurance policy to cover the services that group would consume, the cost of that policy would be much, much less than the kind of policy that these people are now going to be required to purchase under the Affordable Care Act?
GENERAL VERRILLI: Well, while they are young and healthy that would be true.
â€œHarvardâ€™s Institute of Politics found that 54% of Americans under 30, including 57% of four-year college students, disapprove of Obamaâ€™s handling of health care,â€ said Kristen Soltis, communications advisor for Crossroads Generation. â€œMy generation will shoulder the cost burden for this law, and we know it. This will have an impact on how we vote in November.â€