MoveOn admits: “[I]f younger, healthier people don’t participate, then costs will skyrocket and Obamacare will fail.”

by Myron Ebell on August 30, 2013 · 2 comments

in Economy, Healthcare, Insurance, Regulation yesterday sent me an appeal asking for $5 to help fund a $250,000 social media campaign supporting ObamaCare targeted to reach young adults. Here’s why they need my five bucks:

 [R]ight-wing groups have launched a multi-million-dollar campaign to torpedo Obamacare before it even gets started. Their plan: Mislead young people about how the law works so they get scared and don’t enroll. The problem is that it really could work because if younger, healthier people don’t participate, then costs will skyrocket and Obamacare will fail. [Emphasis in original] footnotes a Washington Post article, which explains that last sentence. From the Post Wonkblog article by Sarah Kliff: “Young adults tend to have lower medical bills, which would hold down premiums for the entire insurance market. If only the sick and elderly sign up, health costs would skyrocket.”

So, as MoveOn itself acknowledges, ObamaCare is based on using insurance premiums from younger, healthier people to subsidize health care for older, sicker people. Yet, that is exactly the correct information free market and conservative groups opposed to ObamaCare are trying to get to young folks, so that they understand the racket they are being cajoled to join.

So then what does the “multi-million dollar right-wing misinformation campaign” aimed at young adults entail? It seems that the purpose of’s social media campaign is to keep the wool pulled over young people’s eyes to protect them from the painful reality that ObamaCare is a con game designed to fleece them. Otherwise, why would they sign up for it?

Charles Harpe, MD September 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Hello, I am a concerned citizen, father and physician who disagrees with the sign-up for Obamacare mandate, not just on the basis of economics, but also because it will bring the younger, healthier people into the “fold” of medicine. Modern medicine cannot make healthy people healthier, but it can reduce their health through medicalization. The young and healthy will be encouraged to rely on and seek medical services rather than engage in healthy activities which lie outside of medical care. I have written extensively on this subject and if I can be of assistance to hinder the application of Obamacare, please let me know. Perhaps a moral argument could be made.

dscott September 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

One correction to this article, when you mention elderly, you actually should specify those who are less than 65 years of age. Why? Anyone 65 and older goes on Medicare. Why is this a caveat? Because ObamaCare raids Medicare to fund the subsidy they promised to make to the so called working poor who are not on Medicaid. Remember $300 billion is to be taken out of Medicare funding over 10 years, or $30 billion a year.

IF Medicare is being raided to the tune of $30 billion a year, then it follows that young people ARE NOT subsidizing the elderly 65 and over! The elderly will be funding the 11 million illegal aliens who currently game the Medical Care system for FREE.

Liberals would like you think this is about generational warfare, it’s not, its about the citizenry being fleeced for a political agenda.

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