Weekly Addresses: Veterans, Obamacare
President Obama used his weekly media address to mark the occasion of Veteran’s Day and make sure America has their backs while Republicans continued to criticize Obamacare.Obama says now that more veterans are coming home from wars, the U.S. must serve them as well. He’s promoting programs to hire and educate veterans.
“I’m going to keep calling on Congress to do the right thing and pass the Veterans Jobs Corps,” said Obama “Put our veterans to work rebuilding America.”
“Our troops gain unmatched skills while serving in harm’s way. So we’re also doing everything we can to connect more businesses with highly-skilled veterans. More help with job searches. More tools to connect veterans to job openings, ” said the president in his address. “More chances to earn licenses and credentials for civilian jobs. And new tax credits for companies that hire veterans and wounded warriors – tax credits which Congress should make permanent.
Obama says the U.S. has made progress in putting veterans to work but must do more. He says the country benefits from veterans’ unmatched skill, dedication and courage. “Thanks to these efforts,” Obama said, “we’ve made progress getting our vets back to work. But we’ve got a lot more to do.”
Obama recorded his address in Washington before leaving Friday for New Orleans and Miami.
In the Republican address, Rep. Todd Young of Indiana is sharing stories of his constituents he says were hurt by Obama’s health care law after their current policies were either canceled or had a hard time using the Obamacare website to sign up. It took one man 25 days to get onto the website said Young.
Young says he wants the penalty for not having insurance delayed and is working with Senator Dan Coats, also representing Indiana, on a bill to delay the individual mandate. “After all, how can you tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn’t work?” asks Young.
Young also said the House next week will take up the Keep Your Health Care Act that will make sure plans available today can continue to exist. “No one should have to go to their inbox or mailbox in fear of finding out they’re losing a plan they like — or worse, a plan they need,” said Young.
The Associated Press contributed to this report