Since “there’s a sucker born every minute,” we’ve all heard about, or had our run-ins with, snake oil salesmen, Amway franchise “opportunities,” and Florida condo presentations.
Now, we have manipulating Obamacare contests. Complete with cash and prizes for any brainwashed, left-wing individual willing to perpetrate the government-run healthcare hoax on the general public.
As Guy Benson, writing for Hot Air, states:
Obamacare is such a glittering success that the president has unilaterally issued dozens of delays, suspensions, postponements and alterations to the law. It’s such a success that the administration continues to exaggerate and lie about its enrollment numbers. It’s such a success that its administrators have quietly expanded waiver eligibility to include virtually anyone who might want one, an acknowledgement that the law is a “hardship” unto itself. It’s such a success that Obama and his allies have openly abandoned the top three promises upon which it was sold. It’s such a success that only a small fraction of the previously-uninsured population has chosen to participate in it. And it’s such a success that outside advocacy groups, desperate to boost the paltry share of young, healthy sign-ups, have resorted to stunts and bribery
The administration’s original target for this demographic was close to 40 percent — an outcome experts projected would be necessary to sustain viable risk pools. That goal, like others that won’t be reached, has since been discarded.
With about two weeks left in the open enrollment period for Obamacare, certain groups are getting creative in their efforts to reach Millennials by appealing to their love of music, comedy, and cash.
According to MarketWatch.com:
Young Invincibles, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that is focused on the economic issues affecting young adults, launched a sweepstakes last week where it is awarding a cash prize of $1,200 — enough to potentially cover a year’s worth of health insurance premiums for a young adult — to people who download their health care app or submit a card in the mail.
Those who download the app can use it to learn how to sign up for Obamacare and to find out if they qualify for financial assistance. However, according to the MarketWatch story, the key word is “potentially” enough to cover a year’s worth of premiums for Obamacare.
Remember when President Obama encouraged Latino families to forgo cable or cell phones in order to scrape together enough money to afford government-run healthcare coverage, which he estimated to cost as “little” as $300 per month, or $3,600 per year. In Forbes, Avik Roy revealed how young people are likely to experience the worst “sticker shock” under Obamacare, even after factoring in taxpayer subsidies. CNN’s research likewise shows that in the country’s largest metropolitan areas, many low-income young people will not be eligible for any subsidies at all.
Then there’s the outrageous deductibles. As CBS News Reports:
The Affordable Care Act is turning out to be less than affordable for some consumers…The average individual deductible for a bronze plan is a whopping $5,081 per year…What’s worse, that represents an increase of 40 percent from the average deductible for an individually purchased plan before the federal health care overhaul, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“You can win a $1,200 prize,” writes Guy Benson at Hot Air, “by signing up for the privilege of forking over five grand in out-of-pocket medical costs…before the coverage you’d be paying into even kicks in.” What a deal!?
Getting back to the Obamacare contest manipulations, Jonnelle Marte further reports:
State-based exchanges are also trying alternative approaches. DC Health Link, the exchange for Washington, D.C., promoted their new educational app at a local bar last week. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange in Washington state is partnering with roller derby groups to help spread the word. And Connect for Health Colorado held a comedy show for earlier this month in Greeley that targeted young adults. Other groups are holding creative competitions and targeting specific professions.
Since there’s nothing “affordable” about Obamacare, that’s why various groups are resorting to gimmicks to get Millennials to sign up for it.
Young people can either do some quick math and find out for themselves that the “Affordable” Care Act is nothing of the sort, or they can fall prey to the deception of Obamacare by entering a music video contest.
When something is truly a good product, people will naturally flock to it; you don’t need to beg, plead, or bribe them. And that reveals all you need to know about Obamacare — people don’t like or want it.
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