Democrats think young Americans are stupid. At least they’re hoping they are.
Confronted with the reality that 56 percent of Americans favor repeal of Obamacare, and 46 percent of them strongly favor repeal, Democrats have no where left to turn but to prey on younger, less informed voters.
House Democrats celebrated the two-year anniversary of the passage and signing of Obamacare by holding press conferences every day this week to talk about the ‘benefits’ of the unpopular law. Democrats are eager to shift the public’s opinion of the law before the Supreme Court hears testimony next week on the constitutionality of the law, which Republicans argue (and at least one Congressional Democrat admits) went outside the Constitution to create a massive new entitlement system.
At the press conference Congressman George Miller (Calif.) tired to scare young adults into thinking that, “Washington Republicans, and some very powerful special interests, want to take health care coverage away from these two and a half million young adults, who are starting their careers and their lives with new families, just like [the young people here today.]”
Miller’s statement in an outright lie. While Obamacare extended the age young people could stay on their parents’ insurance to age to 26, Miller exaggerates the number of young adults affected by that provision by more than one and a half million.
Furthermore, he selectively failed to make mention of the fact that experts predict Republicans would keep that portion of the law if the Supreme Court rules strikes down Obamacare next week.
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM) followed up on Miller’s opening initial remarks with an even more preposterous claims that Obamacare has given millions of young adults “the peace of mind that if they do not have health care through their employer, they will now have access to health care until they’re 26 on their parents’ plans.”
He went on to claim that Obamacare allows young people to “focus their efforts on making a brighter future for themselves, for their families, for their communities, without the fear and stress that is caused when they have to go a day without health care.”
While I cannot speak for those young people who’ve had to go a day without health insurance, as I have always had health insurance since graduation first through my parents and then through my job, I can tell you that if I ever found myself in that position, my fear and stress would not be caused by my concerns about not having health care coverage. Those negative feelings would come from my concerns about NOT HAVING A JOB.
Still, the real zinger at the conference came from Congressman Hinojosa, who said in response to a question from the press that the public’s reaction to Obamacare reminded him of the negative reaction to Social Security and Medicare when they were first enacted.
“How there were so many people outraged because of Social Security. And they tried to tear it up and remove it. It reminds me, also, of Medicare, and how there were so many people against Medicare and, again, they tried to destroy it and bring it down – look at what it is today and the same thing will occur with this new health act that was passed two years ago.”
Hinojosa couldn’t have been more accidentally on point. Yes, just look at where Medicare and Social Security are now. Both of these entitlement programs – which are expected to make up 50 percent of federal spending by 2023 – are going broke. Young Americans should not expect either of these programs to be in existence in 10 to 20 years if sweeping reforms are not made now, as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) proposed in his recent budget.
Not only are Social Security and Medicare going broke, because these entitlement programs make up so much of the federal spending, they’re causing our country to go broke as well.
Hinojosa is exactly right that Obamacare is headed down the same path as these broken entitlement systems. Last week the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced that Obamacare would cost $1.7 trillion over the next decade compared with the $940 billion Democrats claimed it would cost when it was put into law two years ago.
In the short term, young Americans may be temped to support Obama’s health care law because it provides coverage for young adults under the age of 26. But they need to recognize that portion of the law is not a good enough reason to encourage a government takeover of healthcare. The very same generation House Democrats are trying to bamboozle into supporting the short-term benefits of the law will be the ones paying for this massive expansion of federal authority for the rest of their lives.
Even in the Supreme Court ultimately rejects Obamacare in June, when the decision from next week’s court case will be announced, let this be a lesson to young voters across the country about the dangers of instant gratification thinking. Also: Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.