By Ron Meyer, Young America's Foundation
Thanks to the Supreme Court's lack of courage, youth
unemployment will remain high for the years to come.
Any young person who chooses to not follow the mandate will be
punished and fined--or supposedly "taxed"--for not having
And, despite the "under 26" provision, whoever will purchase a
young person's premium-be it an employer, an educator, a parent, or
an individual-will see a drastic increase in costs. For young
people, this means: less money, fewer jobs, lower wages, less
freedom, higher tuition, angry parents, or all of the above.
Many parents, colleges, and employers won't be able to
afford insuring a young person. President Obama
consistently advocates that young people should rely on someone
else to pay for their health insurance, yet with prices this high,
the costs will fall to individual young Americans.
ObamaCare-also known by the misnomer, "The Affordable Care
Act"-will at least double healthcare costs for students and
bankrupt many young Americans under 30. To subsidize the high costs
for those nearing retirement, ObamaCare's discriminatory price
controls require those under 30 to pay 35 to 45 percent more for
their insurance premiums.
And, thanks to the minimum coverage requirement (no limits to
payouts), some colleges will even raise their student plan costs by
more than 1,000 percent. Many institutions will drop their plans
all together, leaving young people to pick up the tab.
Young people can no longer buy what they want. We're forced to
buy insurance that will take thousands out of our pockets. For
young Americans, this ruling gives us much less freedom-both
financial and personal.
Constitutionally, the law is even more worrisome for young
Americans. The government can now mandate us to buy almost anything
it deems necessary. The government can demand we buy anything, and
then punish us with a tax if we don't.
With decreasing control over personal purchases, we're
becoming a people of the government, not a government of the
people. Our Constitution has flatlined.
When the Supreme Court fails, the Federalist Papers
demand action from the people. We must ensure that this law is
repealed and that laws like this are never passed again. If young
Americans want a freer future, they need to vocally and actively
oppose this anti-youth law.
Ron Meyer--age 22--is the spokesman for Young
America's Foundation and the originator of the Youth Misery Index.
He's appeared on Fox News, CNN, GBTV, and theSean Hannity Radio Show, and his writings appear
frequently in the New York Post, Washington Times,
FoxNews.com, and CNS News.