Anti-Obamacare Ads Get Ugly

The propaganda campaign is underway to try to convince young people not to sign up for Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. You can judge for itself whether it’s in good taste, fair or even responsible. I vote no on all of those counts.

Signup for Obamacare begins on October 1. It’s scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2014 and young people in their twenties who are not still covered by their parents insurance can begin to get affordable health care. Many will get assistance or tax rebates to help pay the monthly fees. A June poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that seven in ten young adults consider health insurance as very important and worth the money. Just a quarter of 18-30 year-olds said they felt healthy enough to go without health insurance.

Enter the anti-everything Obama brigade.

A group called Generation Opportunity based in Arlington, Virginia launched two weird videos on YouTube. In one a young woman walks through a doctor’s office. She says she’s just signed up for Obamacare. She’s brought into an examining room and told to change into a gown. The doctor enters and asks her to put her legs up in the stirrups. Then the doctor disappears and a creepy, cartoonish Uncle Sam character pops up. The screen says, “Don’t Let Uncle Sam Play Doctor.” And then, “Opt-Out. Visit OptOut.org. There’s a similar video aimed at guys. In it a young man goes into the office and says he signed up for Obamacare.  A male doctor enters the examining room, and asks him to drop his pants. When he does, the creepy Uncle Sam jumps up. The same messages appear at the end of this video.

Nasty stuff.

Chris Moody of Yahoo News says that Generation Opportunity, “…is part of a coalition of right-leaning organizations with financial ties to billionaire businessmen and political activists Charles and David Koch.” We haven’t gotten a response to requests for a comment from spokespeople at Koch Industries. At Generation Opportunity spokesman David Pash says, “I can’t comment on our funding.” But he did say the group plans to bring their anti-Obamacare campaign to 20 college campus in the next few weeks. While he’s not sure which campuses they’ll visit he says, “The goal is to highlight for young people that there are other health insurance options available.”

You can find out the truth about the Obamacare and the new health marketplaces at HealthCare.gov

Read: Obamacare Fraud Warnings

Young, No Health Insurance? You May Qualify for a Subsidy

 

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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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