I have no idea how a “youth summit” is supposed to bring back millennials into the Obama fold. They are fed up with him and with Obamacare. Nevertheless, that is what the President is doing.
President Barack Obama asked young people gathered at the White House Wednesday for a youth summit to promote the Affordable Care Act, but polls suggest he may already lost their favor.
“Look, I do remember what it’s like being 27 or 28, and aside from the occasional basketball injury, most of the time I kind of felt like I had nothing to worry about,” Obama said. “Of course, that’s what most people think until they have something to worry about. But at that point, often times it’s too late.”
Does President Obama remember the law he signed? Over and over again we were told that it was unfair to deny people coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Now we have a law that makes it illegal to refuse insurance to a person due to a pre-existing condition. So what is Obama telling these youth gathered at his summit? That if they don’t get their insurance now when they are healthy it will be “too late”?
Why? What could Obama possibly means when one of the main features of his signature law is that it will never be too late. You can wait until you are sick and then get insurance.
Aside from worrying about their own health, Obama suggested enrolling in a health plan is the socially responsible thing to do.
“If you get sick and you get to the hospital, and you don’t have any coverage, then somebody else is also going to be paying for it,” he said. Those who pass the buck on rescheduling will burden others who must subsidize their care.
But I thought the President believed in a single payer system. He also has been expanding food stamps and unemployment benefits. How can the moral imperative to pay one’s own way suddenly slip in here?
It is amazing to see Obama and his handlers try to deal with his millennial problem this way. From what I can see, Millennials could love Obama and Obamacare and still not sign up for it because it isn’t that important to them. But they aren’t refusing to sign up from personal apathy. According to the polls a number of them are convinced that the Affordable Care Act is dangerous and damaging to the economy. If that is true, then these appeals to the need to sign up are beside the point. Obama is treating them as apathetic when, in fact, they are hostile.
The youth, we are told, are “crucial” for Obamacare to succeed. I suspect and hope that they are not going to cooperate with Obama’s wishes.