Obama: ‘Free Contraception’ a Reason for Young People To Embrace ObamaCare

‘For young people to realize it’s in their health interest to get ongoing preventive care, to be able to get free contraception—‘

OBAMA: "Well, first of all, I understand why people would have been resistant to going on a website that wasn't working right. And fortunately because of some very hard work, we've now got it to the point where for the vast majority of people it's working well. And my message to the young people is take a look for yourself. The truth is that most college-aged students because of the law can stay on their parents' plan and they may be the best deal for them. We've already insured about 3 million people. And your first job where you don't have full health insurance benefits may mean that you stay on your parents' plan a little bit longer, but at some point let's say when you turn 26, if you're between jobs or you have a passion wanting to start a business and you're not going to have health insurance, this gives you the opportunity to get high quality health insurance and for most people under 30, it's probably going to cost you less than your cell phone bill or your cable bill. Less than a 100 bucks. And there was a time when I looked healthy like these folks and thought I was never going to get sick. But what you discover is that some tough stuff happens. You have a run of bad luck. You suddenly need hospitalization. You have an accident. You get an illness. And for young people to realize it's in their health interest to get ongoing preventive care, to be able to get free contraception, benefits like mammograms that allow them to maintain their health throughout their lives without fear of going bankrupt or making their family bankrupt if they get sick, that's something that's priceless. And I think most young people are going to recognize that. So my advice to everybody is the website's now working. Go to healthcare.gov, take a look for yourself in your state what's available to you. There is no reason why you should not have health insurance. And by the way, if you don't get health insurance and then you get in an accident, the rest of us end up paying for it. Because the hospitals, they end up essentially charging folks with insurance an average of about a thousand dollars per family in hidden subsidies for people who don't have health insurance. That's the part of what we're trying to eliminate."

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