When Handler suggested that free healthcare should be considered a right, Lahren corrected her, saying “I believe it’s my right to purchase health care, I don’t believe it’s my right to pay for it for other people.”
“I also think the universal healthcare system fails,” Lahren added. “We need to find alternatives — what we have now is not working. What we had before Obamacare wasn’t working.”
But the biggest story to come out of this face-off was that Obamacare actually helped Lahren.
Taking the conservative position, Lahren repeatedly argued against Obamacare.
Then at one point, Lahren said she was still on her parents’ insurance plan because of the Affordable Healthcare Act, “Obamacare’s” proper name.
“Do you have a health care plan or no?” Handler asked Lahren.
“Well luckily, I’m 24, so I am still on my parents’ (plan)” Lahren replied.
The audience immediately started laughing and jeering Lahren. Handler said, “Stop, stop, stop, she’s being honest,” she said.
Obamacare allows young adults to stay on their parents plan until the age of 26. Before the Affordable Healthcare Act, the cut-off was anywhere from 19-22.
“That’s exactly what I’m saying,” Lahren said. “To say there are things from Obamacare that are not positive, that’s not true.”
Regardless, the audience went crazy when Lahren said Obamacare benefitted her. Lahren later took up for herself in an op-ed for The Hill.
“Newsflash: Most Republicans and Trump supporters don’t believe that every single tenet of ObamaCare is bad,” Lahren wrote. “A 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 82 percent of Republicans support allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. More recent Kaiser poll shows nearly 60 percent of Republicans support continued coverage for pre-existing conditions.”
“But facts won’t get in the way of the media’s liberal crusade,” Lahren said.
I think Lahren did say something honest here – that one can be opposed to most of Obamacare while recognizing it does some good things. Not everything is so black and white.