"But frankly, [Obama] should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people."
- Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), July 2014
Posted by: ST on December 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm
Noel Sheppard reports on the latest left-wing campaign efforts by the supposedly “non-partisan” Rock the Vote gang in which young people who support ObamaCare encourage other young people to use sex in order to get people to support ObamaCare, and to abstain from having sex with those who do not:
The political advocacy group “Rock the Vote” has a new video out encouraging young people to abstain from having sex with folks opposed to healthcare reform.
Sadly, this isn’t your run of the mill call for celebacy, for the video also instructs youth to use sex to get people to change their minds on this issue.
The group’s YouTube posting asks: “What would you withhold from someone who opposes health care reform? Cookies, a Christmas gift, sex?”
Pretty racy for an organization whose mission is to “give young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process” (video embedded below the fold contains excessive vulgarity, h/t Story Balloon):
For those unfamiliar, two of the primary participants in this video are Eva Amurri and Zach Gilford from television’s “Californication” and “Friday Night Lights” respectively.
Amurri is Susan Sarandon’s daughter that just so happens to play a student who moonlights as a stripper on “Californication.”
Now THAT’s a great role model for young people, isn’t it?
Why ignorant? First, the young people to whom they’re preaching largely avoid buying health insurance, and for good reason. They don’t need to spend $3600 per year (Minnesota’s average in 2007) to cover a couple of doctor visits every year. They’re better off buying catastrophic health insurance, rather than the mandated comprehensive coverage under ObamaCare, and use HSAs to pay for their health care with tax-free cash. That’s what Keith Olbermann does, after all, and he’s a lot older than the RtV target audience.
Who benefits from this push? The young adults don’t; they’re going to pay a lot more than they receive. Insurance companies will benefit by forcing them into the system, reducing the risk and spreading the costs over a wider base. I don’t consider insurance companies evil, but many of the ObamaCare advocates do — and yet they’re pushing their followers to subsidize slight declines in health insurance premiums for the older generations in America. It’s just like Social Security, only with a worse payoff in the end.
Finally, the irony of this campaign is that young adults would probably remain healthier if they abstained in the first place. Maybe sleeping with cougars and hot Colombian women sounds good, but promiscuity in practice means greater transmission of disease, especially during flu season. Don’t tell Joe Biden, but it’s even more risky than public transportation!
Not mentioned, of course, in the “Rock the Vote” PSA? The fact that young folks will be crucial to the “success” of ObamaCare – paying for it, that is:
As health-care legislation advances through Congress, the young adults who were so vital to President Obama’s election are emerging as a significant beneficiary of his top domestic priority, but they are also likely to play a major role in funding any reform.
In a campaign-style rally Thursday at the University of Maryland at College Park, Obama will aim to tap his richest vein of support — voters younger than 30 — to help sell his reform plan to a more skeptical general public. “We’re at an important turning point in our push for real reform,” read the e-mailed invitation, “and it’s critical that we seize this moment.”
A 2008 study by the Urban Institute found that more than 10 million young adults ages 19 to 26 lack health insurance coverage. For many of those people, health-care reform would offer the promise of relatively inexpensive individual policies, which do not exist in many states today.
The trade-off is that young people would no longer be permitted to bet on their good health: All the reform legislation before Congress would require individuals to buy at least minimal coverage.
Another bill will be introduced Wednesday by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will offer in it a proposal to keep premiums manageable: a bare-bones catastrophic policy that would protect young people from financial calamity while providing basic preventive care.
Drafting young adults into any health-care reform package is crucial to paying for it. As low-cost additions to insurance pools, young adults would help dilute the expense of covering older, sicker people. Depending on how Congress requires insurers to price their policies, this group could even wind up paying disproportionately hefty premiums — effectively subsidizing coverage for their parents.
It’s probably best if pro-ObamaCare young people stick to having sex only with like-minded invidivuals (as if they didn’t before?). We’ve already got enough people in this country who are stuck on stupid. We don’t need anymore.