WASHINGTON (TIP): US President Barack Obama used a youth event to promote his signature healthcare plan while ruing that he is not allowed to keep an iPhone because of security reasons, unlike his two daughters who spend a lot of time on the popular Apple gadget. “Now, I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone. I don’t know what your bills are. I have noticed that Sasha and Malia seem to spend a lot of time on it,” Obama said in his remarks at a youth summit at the White House on Wednesday. Obama’s remarks were accompanied with laughter and a round of applause.
“My suspicion is that for a lot of you, between your cable bill, your phone bill, you’re spending more than 100 bucks a month,” he said. “The idea that you wouldn’t want to make sure that you’ve got the health security and financial security that comes with health insurance for less than that price, you guys are smarter than that. And most young people are, as well,” Obama said while pushing for his showpiece affordable healthcare act. Obama said about half a million people across the country already are poised to gain health coverage on January 1, some for the very first time.
“The law works. Most young people without insurance can now get covered for under 100 bucks a month,” he said. According to the White House, the event brought together 160 local and national youth leaders who will help promote the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ‘Obamacare’.