This week marks the fourth birthday of Obamacare but it's not
all birthday cake and balloons-many people are not celebrating this
year after the botched rollout and string of mishaps surrounding
Nothing is merry about the fact that over six million people
have lost their insurance coverage and are now struggling to find
an affordable health care plan.
One group of people who certainly won't be celebrating are
millennials. Millennials are among the people most impacted
by the disastrous law. They are expected to subsidize
healthcare for the older and sicker generation.
With less than a week to go before the March 31 enrollment
deadline, the White House is scrambling to enroll young
people. The administration has gone so far as to pay for
advertisements on the popular satirical news website, The
Onion. The Onion is known for its hilarious and fictional
news stories but to advertise something so serious as healthcare
just goes to show what a joke Obamacare is really turning out to
Amid Pajama Boy, Between Two Ferns, and Richard
Simmons, it's a toss up as to which desperate public relations
stunt has been the worst. Young people are not enrolling
because Obamacare is unpopular with them due to the high premiums
they are faced with.
Millennials don't want to end up like Pajama Boy-a government
dependent mooch who is living in his parents basement. Pajama
Boy has become the poster child for the entitlement society that
the Obama administration is perpetuating. Young people want
to be independent and self-reliant.
According to Young America's Foundation polling young people are
distrusting of big government and have less confidence in the
federal government's handling of programs after the mistake-ridden
rollout of Obamacare.
Each of these ridiculous attempts to enroll young people have
not proved fruitful for the administration. Youth enrollment
sits at a stagnant 25% a far cry from the needed 40% by March 31.
The administration has been quick to blame a bad public
relations operation for low enrollment, but the fact is they have
pulled out all the stops from A-list celebrities to National Youth
Enrollment Day. The problem is not the public relations but
rather the unpopularity of Obamacare among millennials.
I wouldn't be surprised if the White House wished for more
people to enroll before the deadline when they blew out the candles
this year-but they will need more than a miracle. One can
only hope that next year repeal of Obamacare will be celebrated
rather than another birthday.
Ashley Pratte is the Spokeswoman for Young America's
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