Thursday, June 27, 2013

One More ObamaCare vs. the Best Interests of Young Folks Story

The developing story of ObamaCare vs. America's young folks is yet another instructive tale about the problems with the relationship of big government's powers and our individual freedoms.

Sadly, the real meaning of "we're from the government and we're here to help" is a lesson learned and internalized by too few of us these days, so when we get a chance to tell the story by using a real life example, it's worth telling.

Free markets allow people to choose what and what not to do with their own money, aka MOM.

Government control substitutes the judgment and power of government bureaucrats and elitists for the judgment and control of individuals with respect to how their money is spent, aka OPM.

In the case of the "false choice" involving ObamaCare and the young, the young have been put by their government "servants" squarely between a rock and a hard place.

Their health care costs are going up as a result of ObamaCare, and it's just a matter of how high. And for that extra cost they will receive nothing except the knowledge that their money will be used by government to subsidize others. That is, their "extra contributions" will allow payments to be lower for the old and will also make coverage more broadly available to those with pre-existing health conditions who otherwise couldn't afford the premiums to cover the cost of insuring themselves.

And on top of all that, there's one more complicating factor. The ObamaCare boosters don't want the young to know the real deal, lest they opt not to enroll in the new health care plan. And if the young don't enroll in sufficient numbers, the "Affordable Care Act" won't be affordable to the nation as a whole. Surprise!

Hence, it's definitely going to be government's version of hard sell for ObamaCare coming to the TV sports viewing "OK corral" this fall.

ObamaCare Hail Mary has the latest on the developing saga:

"President Obama, a father of two girls, has said that if he had a son he'd "have to think long and hard" before letting him play football. But that's not stopping the president's Department of Health and Human Services from reaching out to the NFL to help sell ObamaCare to young people.

According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the NFL is "very actively and enthusiastically engaged" in discussions about partnering with the government to encourage young people to sign up for ObamaCare. The publicity campaign would be part of a larger effort to enroll 7 million people in state health-care exchanges by March 2014. Other major sports organizations, such as the NBA, may also get involved.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning

But the NFL says no formal agreement has been reached. "No commitments have been made and there is nothing more to report at this time," Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the NFL, told the Journal in an email.

The administration's strategy is not unprecedented. Back in 2007, the Boston Red Sox partnered with the Massachusetts statehouse to promote the Bay State's health-care program. In an effort to get the word out about the state's insurance plans, Red Sox players were featured in ads; an information kiosk was set up at home games; and a "Cover Your Bases—Connect to Health" night was held at Fenway Park. . . .

Whether or not a partnership is created, the outreach effort is indicative of the challenge faced by ObamaCare proponents, who must convince healthy young people to pay insurance companies huge subsidies for medical care that will go to someone else. We're not sure even Eli Manning could pull that off."

Summing Up

And you thought politics was about serving the people.

Well, it is, but you have to be among the 'chosen' people, aka the portion of the people the government officials choose to serve.

And in this case, that's not the young. They're already always in the camp of the Dems, or at least they have been until now.

Politics sucks.

Personal choice is the real American way.

Thanks. Bob.

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