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Morning Joe’s Scarborough ‘Confesses’ His Son Benefits From Health Law

By Christian Torres

July 11th, 2012, 10:40 AM

Push aside that cup of coffee and check this out: TV personality and former House Republican Joe Scarborough revealed this morning that his 24-year-old son is among those benefiting from the health law.

Scarborough, a small-government conservative who has criticized presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for being the “the godfather of Obamacare,” was wrapping up a health law discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when he said he had a confession to make: “I know one place where Obamacare is working.”

Over breakfast last weekend, Scarborough’s wife said that 24-year-old Joey Scarborough opted not to purchase health insurance through his employer and was instead on his father’s plan. The federal health law requires insurers to cover dependents up to the age of 26, though “grandfathered” group plans — those in existence before the law took effect –don’t have to offer this dependent coverage until 2014 if the adult child is eligible for other insurance.

“I pushed the pancakes away and just walked outside in a huff,” Scarborough senior said, surprised that “the Scarborough family is buying in to Obamacare.”

Joey isn’t alone, though: Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) recently said his daughter is benefiting from the under-26 provision. Overall, the Obama administration estimates that 3.1 million young adults have gained insurance coverage because of the health law.

Watch the clip above for Scarborough’s confession.

4 Responses to “Morning Joe’s Scarborough ‘Confesses’ His Son Benefits From Health Law”

  1. Kathi D says:

    I don’t understand why the majority of Republicans oppose the Affordable Care Act. Shouldn’t everyone have access to health care regardless of income, age or influence? Are we that mean spirited and penny pinching to deny our parents, children, friends, neighbors and fellow residents of this great nation the comfort of seeing a health care professional when needed? The people who benefit are closer than you think – this is the real message.

    Imagine how history will treat the Republicans post Reagan & Bush 1 now that compromise & tolerance have been replaced by narrowmindedness and dissonance.

  2. Can you imagine if he had circumstances that required him or his loved ones to avail themselves of other provisions of the healthcare law — live-saving measures.

    That’s the point, Joe. When it happens to you, you “get” it.

  3. But wait a minute, if your adult age child has access to group health insurance through his/her employer, they are no longer eligible as a dependent on momma/daddy’s plan. So, the Scarbrorough are committing health reform fraud!! Don’t think they are the first to do so, but who else is publicly admitting it?!

  4. Jerry S says:

    So let me get this straight. Under Obamacare, a 24 year old adult with a job that offers health insurance chooses to turn down said insurance in lieu of a higher salary and instead piggy backs on the insurance of his multimillionaire daddy and I get to subsidize this? I guess the “Fairness” crowd must not have read the bill.