Gibbs reaches out to college students for support of health care bill

In an effort to gain support for the health care legislation passed last year, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs hosted a college student conference call to discuss the importance of the Affordable Care Act for young Americans.

The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, will be up for repeal in a House vote Wednesday, he said.

Under the current act, young Americans have been allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. If the act is repealed, though, this new measure would go away, Gibbs said.

“Allowing young Americans to stay on their parents’ insurance plans provides a great amount of stability,” Gibbs said.

More than 1.2 million young Americans have been able to receive insurance on their parents’ plan since the Affordable Care Act passed, he said. He said he felt if the vote passed, those Americans would lose that benefit.

Alix Benear, a senior nutrition major, said she was not exactly sure what she would be doing after graduation but was pretty optimistic about finding a job with benefits.

“It’s reassuring to know that I could stay on my parents’ insurance plan if I needed to,” Benear said.

Senior nursing major Jadrien Weinberg said she felt differently.

“It hinders young Americans from getting a job and finding their own insurance,” Weinberg said. She said she will be married after graduation and unable to stay on her parents’ insurance.

“I still don’t think the act helps young Americans,” Weinberg said.