MADISON, Wis. — Today, a breaking news report from Heartland Signal revealed recent audio of Eric Hovde criticizing the provision in the Affordable Care Act allowing people to stay on their family health plan until age 26.

In response to a question about the provision in the ACA, Hovde says, “It’s a stupid idea” and goes on to insult working Wisconsinites, accusing “a large percentage of working-age Americans” of just “sitting on the couch.”

These insulting comments come as Eric Hovde shames people struggling with their weight and threatens to raise health care costs for one third of Wisconsinites.

The provision allowing people to stay on their family health plan until age 26 was authored by Tammy Baldwin and helped 2.3 million Americans gain health coverage, including tens of thousands of Wisconsinites.

Read more below and listen to Hovde here:

Heartland Signal: Eric Hovde calls ACA provision allowing young adults to remain on parents’ health plans ‘stupid’

By: Caleb Brennan

In audio obtained by Heartland Signal, Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Eric Hovde was secretly recorded deriding the Obamacare policy which allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan until they are 26.

The conversation was prompted by an unidentified voter at last week’s Outagamie County Fair who was concerned that the Affordable Care Act policy “makes them [young people] lazy.”

“It’s a stupid idea for this reason: All we’re doing is delaying younger people’s maturation,” Hovde responded. “And they need to grow up and move on and stand on their own two feet. And by the way, your lowest health care costs are when you’re 21 to 26.” 

Hovde then advocated for “personalized health care that you can buy when you’re young that stays with you your whole life” instead of health care plans purchased through employers.

It’s hard to imagine that such sentiment will appeal to young voters in the state, whom Hovde implied were not finding work because the health care system incentivized it. When the voter complained that her grandson was still living at home and was unmotivated, Hovde claimed it was part of a larger trend in America.

“I think we have never had such a large percentage of working-age Americans that are sitting on the couch and not involved,” Hovde said.

“And still living with their parents,” the voter replied.

“And still living with their parents. It’s sad.”

Hovde’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

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