President Barack Obama took a cheap shot at the youth advocacy organization Generation Opportunity while discussing the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, slamming the organization’s efforts to encourage Millennials to explore options beyond Obamacare.
The President hosted a group of young Americans at the White House for a Youth Summit to discuss the Affordable Care Act — of which young Americans’ participation is crucial. While President Obama wasted no time in asking for Millennials’ help in promoting his signature law, he slyly slammed Generation Opportunity for encouraging young people to opt out of Obamacare.
“Believe it or not, there are actually organizations that are out there working to convince young people not to get insurance,” President Obama said. “Now think about that. That’s a really bizarre way to spend your money, to try to convince people not to get health insurance, not to get free preventive care, not to make sure that they’re able to survive an accident or an illness.”
Generation Opportunity launched its “Opt Out” campaign in September to highlight the less-expensive alternatives to the Affordable Care Act and its health insurance exchanges. The group unveiled a video campaign with the now-notorious Creepy Uncle Sam and began hosting tailgates on college campuses to spread awareness about the negative effects of Obamacare.
Many have criticized Generation Opportunity, which is backed by the Koch brothers, for encouraging young Americans to explore their options, which includes paying the $95 fee for not having health insurance.
“If I had that much money, I wouldn’t be spending it that way, and some of these ad campaigns are backed by well-funded special interest groups,” President Obama continued. “I’d assume they’ve got great healthcare.”
But the Affordable Care Act thus far has not been kind to Millennials, despite the White House’s best efforts to convince them of the contrary. Many young people are seeing the cost of their premiums raise substantially, and, according to a survey from the Harvard Institute of Politics, 57 percent of young people actually disagree with the law.
“It’s a shame that the President would use his ‘youth summit’ as an opportunity to further mislead young people while refusing a dialogue with anybody that actually has questions or concerns about Obamacare,” Evan Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity, told Red Alert Politics in an email. “If he wants to take shots at Generation Opportunity, let him invite us to his next event.
“We’re happy to have that conversation so we can ask him why he wants Millennials to pay three times more for healthcare when there are better options available outside his expensive and creepy Obamacare exchanges.”