Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Onion Weeps...

You know, I've been hoping that those ads out of Colorado, the ones that hype ObamaCare, are really an elaborate joke played by, well, someone. You know the ones I mean. The ones like in this article:

Meet the 20-something morons in Colorado’s ObamaCare ads
Young Obama voters, congratulations. This is what your president thinks of you. And maybe he has a point.

For anyone to buy the nonsense Obama peddled in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, you really would have to be kind of a moron. Let’s be honest.
Ouch. Pretty harsh, even though I agree with him. Here's just one of the idiotic ads in question:

(See more, including this one that started it all, here)

Um, really? That's the incentive for signing up for ObamaCare? You don't want to tap (HA! BEER PUNS! YOU SO FUNNY) into your beer money? So you're going to pay for a health plan you don't need (or pay a hefty fine, one that's a LOT more than a keg of beer, Studly McFratboypants). Now, yes, Obama didn't make these ads; this is the state version in new blue Colorado - almost certainly out of Denver.

I think maybe one or two of them weren't demeaning and insulting to the target demographic. The rest? Had they been put out by a right-leaning group - in the exact same form - several different organizations would be having multiple conniption fits and be oiling up the torches and sharpening pitchforks. And they'd be right to do so.

Here's the thing. Young people don't, by and large, need health insurance. Until you get older, all you really need is catastrophic insurance - if you get cancer, or need a kidney transplant, or break a bone, that sort of thing. If you chose to gamble, you can get by without any insurance and still not pay all that much - even a doctor's visit for a yearly physical isn't as expensive as a year's worth of insurance.

Now that we're required to have health insurance - which opens an entirely new can of worms - that option is no longer available. We *must* buy a policy, and the government is going to tell us exactly what we need. I don't know about anyone else, but if the government can make us buy health insurance, they can make us buy pretty much anything after that.

And if this is the best incentive they can come up with for state-mandated health insurance, maybe it's time to start rooting for the giant comet...

That is all.

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