Pitch for Obamacare is Whopping Commencement Letdown
Of all the insipid, uninspiring, and downright insulting things a new college graduate could hear at his or her commencement, the words of President Obama have to take the cake. Yes, he wrapped up his commencement speech at Morehouse College with a pitch for arguably the most glaring failure of his presidency, Obamacare:
We’ve got to make sure everybody has good health in this country. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for this country. So you’re going to have to spread the word to your fellow young people.
President Obama is targeting young people who are definitively going to get the short end of the Obamacare stick. Voters favor repealing Obamacare by a 22-point margin, but among the most disillusioned are, you guessed it, young people. Heritage explains:
No surprise here. There are many studies that project insurance premium “rate shock” in the individual market when Obamacare begins next year, especially effecting young adults. This week, the American Action Forum (AAF) released a poll confirming what many already know: young adults are price-sensitive consumers. The higher their insurance premiums increase, the more likely they are to forgo purchasing insurance and pay the individual mandate, especially given that under Obamacare they can purchase equally priced coverage later if they do become sick.
President Obama is joined in his desperation by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who has also been trying to convince Americans that Obamacare will serve them well. Even those on the left are displeased with Sebelius for her apparent inability to educate the public about the “benefits” of Obamacare. The truth, of course, is that no amount of “education” would make Obamacare workable or beneficial for Americans.
Sebelius has come under fire for soliciting money from private companies her agency might regulate. She has asked various charitable foundations, business executives, churches and doctors to donate money to nonprofit organizations such as Enroll America to help implement Obamacare.
She has also threatened insurers to support Enroll America:
Thanks to ObamaCare, Sebelius and HHS can deliver devastating impacts to insurers by delaying or denying approval of their health-insurance plans for federally-approved exchanges. After seeing what the IRS did with Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, insurers have to be doubly concerned about keeping Sebelius happy. A failure to support Enroll America might be the difference between profit and collapse, especially given the ambiguities and top-down control in the law that leaves most of the regulation to the whims of the HHS Secretary.
There is no hope for Obamacare. No amount of “education,” sales pitches, or nice looking websites will make Obamacare good for America, especially young Americans. If Obamacare remains the law of the land, Americans will suffer for it. It must be defunded and fully repealed, and its implementation must be prevented.