Sebelius touts ObamaCare as a boon to graduates instead of the war on the young it actually is

posted at 8:41 pm on May 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I know that this isn’t a new line for them or anything, but their continued insistence on deceiving the (largely unemployed!) youth coalition with promises of free stuff is just as morally- and fiscally-bankrupting as it ever was. From HHS’s health care blog:

To the Class of 2013:

Congratulations on a well-earned graduation. I know how much hard work it took to get here today.

This is a time when you’re making big decisions about the future. You might be embarking on a new career, transitioning to a different city, and thinking about the start of this next exciting stage in life.

I’m sure the last thing you’re thinking about is health insurance. But unfortunately, the unexpected can happen.

The good news is that now the Affordable Care Act provides protections and benefits that give you greater control of your health care. The law helps you by:

-Making it possible to stay on your parent’s health plan until you turn 26, giving you the flexibility to make choices about your future without worrying about where you’re going to get health insurance.

-Requiring most insurance plans to cover proven preventive services—like birth control and certain cancer screenings—without you paying a penny.

-Barring insurers, beginning in 2014, from denying you coverage because of a pre-existing condition, like cancer, asthma, or acne, or making you pay more just because you are a woman.

-Creating an online Health Insurance Marketplace, where you can find coverage that meets your needs and budget. You can also find out if you qualify for financial assistance. Sign up now at HealthCare.gov for updates; enrollment begins October 1, 2013.

Bottom line: Because of the Affordable Care Act, you’ll be able to begin this next chapter of your life with the peace of mind and security health insurance provides.

Congratulations on your achievement!

Uhm… ‘congratulations on your achievements’? Gee, that would be a nice sentiment, except that pretty much everything you just said is a blatant attempt to infantilize college graduates and young people and inform them of how very dearly they need the federal government’s magnanimosity to even have a chance of getting by. It doesn’t exactly scream “you’re a real, self-reliant adult now,” does it?

Sure, it all sounds like a pretty innocuous helping hand, but upon closer inspection, here is what is really going on with ObamaCare, 2013 graduates: It specifically and intentionally relies on the young and healthy paying heftily into the health care system without needing to use the same proportion of the available benefits; in other words, young people are going to be the crucial pawn that balances out the now costlier risk pool and forces them to pay the price for doing so.

Let’s just get real here: This oh-so-munificent message from the feds is not nearly as much about providing a service for young people as it is begging young people to sign the heck up and buy health insurance through the forthcoming exchanges, because the Obama administration is perfectly well aware that the system cannot and will not work without their participation. This is all that blog post was really trying to say: “Dear 2013 graduates, Pretty please sign up for the proffered insurance because without your subsidization, this scheme is going to turn into a hot mess.” Fixed it for you, HHS.

Walter Russell Mead and company at the American Interest have been hammering this point home for ages now:

But here’s the real kicker: premiums for young men ages 25-36 could increase by more than 50 percent, and females 25-29 will face a 4 percent increase. In other words, if you’re young, you lose. If you’re a man, you lose. If you’re a young man, you really lose.

Recent news about Obamacare premium costs has tended to focus on whether the premiums will go up or down on average. What this data shows is that these broader national or state averages hide scarier changes in the group-by-group breakdowns. Young people are already the hardest hit by the recession and by the plethora of other entitlement programs that subsidize the boomers. Young men, in particular, are especially hurt by some of the country’s current economic shifts. Passing a law that forces them to shoulder an even greater economic burden and then spending tons of money to convince them to sign up for this raw deal is both cruel and irresponsible.

And Nick Gillespie at Reason nailed it earlier this year:

But if the proprietor of the most open and transparent and clean-smelling administration of all time wants to make some real news, he might speak honestly to the segment of the American electorate that he is screwing over six ways to Sunday: Young voters between the ages of 18 and 29. Listen up, kids! Your parents are robbing your futures blind and you’re chumps enough not only to go along but to say – like the adorable title orphan in the classic baby boomer musical Oliver!please, sir, I want some more.

From virtually every possible angle, Obama is helping to diminish the prospects for today’s younger generation. First and foremost, his response to the Great Recession – stimulus and the massive piling up of debt – is slowing the recovery.

In a nutshell, between ObamaCare and all of these other expanding entitlement programs and our ever-growing national debt (count it!), the older generations are continuing to borrow against the prosperity that younger people haven’t even earned yet, and cutting into that prosperity’s potential while they’re at it. This is one messed-up vicious cycle that the Obama administration is perpetuating here, and make no mistake: They are counting on the allure of seemingly “free” government benevolence to keep the charade going. Don’t go for it, graduates.


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Kind of like communism was good for the youth, religions, and the artists.

acyl72 on May 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Surprised there wasn’t a “donate button” at the bottom of her webpage.

can_con on May 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Congratulations class of 2013, you managed to graduate without learning critical thinking skills. You have been programmed to be compliant to the state from which all your needs and desires will come. Don’t bother looking for meaningful employment, as we have ruined any chance of you being independent and self determined. Everything you say and do can and will be used against you if you show any signs of resistance to the state. You will not enjoy any privacy. Welcome to Amerika.

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

I will gladly pay rob you Tuesday for the hamburger Death Panels you buy for me today.

—————— Joe Mengele Sebelius, Death Panels Kommandant.

viking01 on May 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Um..I just have to comment…pre-existing condition of acne?? WTF

BeachBum on May 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Great job kids, you’ll be excited to know being dependent on us is now easier than ever!

rightmind on May 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Sebelius touts ObamaCare as a boon to graduates instead of the war on the young it actually is

I’m tired of this BS meme about “robbing our childrens’ futures”. This is simple thievery, and we’re being stolen from NOW through inflation, and means nothing to most voters…they’re used to living in debt and the numbers are so staggering it simply doesn’t compute for them. Oh, and…they believe that the Wizards of Wall Street and the Gov’t surely know what they’re doing and will fix everything.

So, it doesn’t mean anything to enough people to make a difference at the polls. Besides, even if it did, how much more would the GOP get is into debt? They’ve done it before.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

There’s an old joke that goes, “I want to live long enough to be a burden to my kids.”

Obamacare is going to guarantee I am, along with a lot of other people my age and older.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

-Making it possible to stay on your parent’s health plan until you turn 26, giving you the flexibility to make choices about your future without worrying about where you’re going to get health insurance.

Not if your parents lose their employer provided insurance and get thrown on the exchanges.

Curtiss on May 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Nurse Diesel was born 60 years too late. She would have made a marvelous Nazi and Associate of Dr. Mengele. Pity…

/SPARC

glcinpdx on May 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Nurse Diesel was born 60 years too late. She would have made a marvelous Nazi and Associate of Dr. Mengele. Pity…

/SARC

glcinpdx on May 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I was at a party this past weekend, a rather daper young man of 80 years told a “funny but true” joke.

He asked at Social Security how he was going to get back all that he had paid in. The lady looked up his numbers, and told him with interest, it would take 32 more years to pay him back.

He looked me straight in the eye and said

“Those bastards aren’t getting a dime, I’m going to live to be 112.”

If you knew Don, you could believe that.

JusDreamin on May 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

-Making it possible to stay on your parent’s health plan until you turn 26, giving you the flexibility to make choices about your future without worrying about where you’re going to get health insurance.

Of course you can get Plan B at age 15.

You can drive a car at 16.

You can vote at age 18.

You can legally drink at 21.

You can serve in the military.

But when it comes to healthcare, you can mooch off your parents until you’re old enough that you probably have a family of your own. Here’s to being a responsible adult or something.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Good if you are going to be a government worker.

Guess there might be some openings in the IRS soon…

ProfShadow on May 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I doubt any but the most serious and earnest of young Democrats are actually going to find their way to the HHS blog. I mean, how many here even knew there was one? I didn’t.

Even if they are aware of her statement, all Sebelius’ words won’t mean a thing when members of the class of 2013 can’t find work or can only find part-time work thanks to Obamacare or when they see differences in their paycheck because of Obamacare.

INC on May 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

-Making it possible to stay on your parent’s health plan until you turn 26, giving you the flexibility to make choices about your future without worrying about where you’re going to get health insurance.

How many parents will subsidize their “kids” until they’re 26? I won’t.

Charlemagne on May 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Somehow, though, I can’t feel sorry for these college kids who, their first time voting, voted for Obama. And for those who voted for him twice. And let their liberal parents who voted Obama suffer just like the rest of us.

While I deplore this law and wish it be repealed, I’m going to enjoy seeing liberals suffer for the laws they wanted but didn’t always have to heed. Now, for the first time, liberals have to pay, too.

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

This is one messed-up vicious cycle that the Obama administration is perpetuating here, and make no mistake: They are counting on the allure of seemingly “free” government benevolence to keep the charade going. Don’t go for it, graduates.

I have little faith in the young. They get their news from Colbert and Stewart and couldn’t tell you where Canada is on a map let alone intelligently explain international affairs. Many of them will happily sign up for that “free” healthcare.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Maybe she can explain why she broke the law & why she was extorting money from organization she was ‘lover’s….it will give her some practice before she has to do it before CONGRESS!

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

How many parents will subsidize their “kids” until they’re 26? I won’t.

Charlemagne on May 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Well good for you! I knew that the financial support was cut off the minute I graduated from college. Of course, I had a job and wasn’t back in my childhood race car bed because of the lousy economy.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Somehow, though, I can’t feel sorry for these college kids who, their first time voting, voted for Obama.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Well, remember that campaign ad. They wanted their first time to be special.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Well, remember that campaign ad. They wanted their first time to be special.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Well, they gave it up to a psycho, and he’ll forever be like a stalker.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

“You vill drink zee Obamakare, und you vill enchoy it! Ja?”

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

What year did Sebelius run in the Kentucky Derby?

bw222 on May 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Well, they gave it up to a psycho, and he’ll forever be like a stalker.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Yeah, it’s like a Lifetime Movie Network script.

Innocent happy young people graduate from college. Before you know it they’re enrolled in Obamacare, have to trade their cool phones in for Obamaphones because they don’t have any income. They turn on the television to see Mooch lecturing them to eat their vegetables. It is as if they’ve lost their real families and been adopted by the Obamas. Or more accurately they’ve been recruited into the radical left-wing party of which Obama is the cult leader.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

What year did Sebelius run in the Kentucky Derby?

bw222 on May 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Hah! Trick question. Sebelius isn’t a mudder and got scratched before the race for fear that the track conditions would result in a broken leg. Thus eliminating any chance of stud fees.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Chickens coming home to roost.

.Left wing professorial nuts in colleges teach kids socialism.
.left wing indoctrinated college freaks elect Obama president.
.Obama appoints whackos like Sebelius and the IRS to propose and administer Obamacare and other lunatic government programs (government “problems” would be more apt.)–all over-funded, job-killing and cancerous.
.Left wing indoctrinated college freaks not only can’t afford Obamacare but they can’t get any jobs because of it.
.In a no-job market the only openings available for poorly trained, unqualified left wing indoctrinated college freaks is to become left wing professorial nuts themselves. Problem is-only one opening per 75,000 applicants.

MaiDee on May 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Of course, I had a job and wasn’t back in my childhood race car bed because of the lousy economy.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

This. Only recently has it even been physically possible for me to go apartment shopping. And the state of the job market basically robs you of all career choice.

Seriously, you wanna be depressed to the core of your being? Try writing out a budget and realizing 9 hour shifts of putting up with flappy-mouthed rudesters for co’work’ers and being abused by dumb angry proles who want everything for free will BARELY provide enough money to exist on.

Would be a lot more money for me if it wasn’t being taken to feed the Democrat ‘minority’ voting blocs…

MelonCollie on May 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

.In a no-job market the only openings available for poorly trained, unqualified left wing indoctrinated college freaks is to become left wing professorial nuts themselves. Problem is-only one opening per 75,000 applicants.

MaiDee on May 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Exactly. Even with all manner of Federal subsidies, there are only so many ‘jobs’ for overpaid wind-up puppets. The rest of us actually have to find real employment, which is currently about like panning for gold at your local public pool.

MelonCollie on May 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

In a no-job market the only openings available for poorly trained, unqualified left wing indoctrinated college freaks is to become left wing professorial nuts themselves. Problem is-only one opening per 75,000 applicants.

MaiDee on May 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Nah, there are plenty of jobs for them. Obama wants his domestic national police force, equipped as well as the military. 3 hots and a cot along with all the “personal defense weapons” and “weapons of war” you can want with that new authoritah.

oryguncon on May 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM

-Requiring most insurance plans to cover proven preventive services—like birth control and certain cancer screenings—without you paying a penny.

Well, except for that really, really high insurance premium – you know, that one that you’re required to purchase. Oh sure, you probably wouldn’t have purchased insurance at such a young age – but if we’re going to offset the costs associated with insuring people with preexisting conditions – we need to you to pay your fair share. See? Doesn’t that feel good?

Sure hope you find a good-paying job… you’re going to need it!

Hill60 on May 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I still think that in this picture she looks like Dana Carvey as The Church Lady.

bugsy on May 23, 2013 at 5:42 AM

I don’t understand why there is never any pushback from the GOP or commentators on the stupid claim that insurance companies discriminate with higher premiums based on being a woman. What they are referring to is that insurance is typically higher for a woman of child bearing age than a similarly aged man. Well, duh that’s because women can get pregnant and men can’t and so they are at a higher risk of causing higher payouts. I know my six pregnancies cost our insurance company a lot more money than my husband did at the same age. To force a single male to pay the same rates as a single female during childbearing years is redistribution for the sake of politics/feminist agenda pure and simple.

txmomof6 on May 23, 2013 at 5:52 AM

I despise this Sebelius woman.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 23, 2013 at 6:12 AM

to the class of 2013:

good luck finding a job; and don’t forget to pay your obamacare ‘taxes’ or the IRS will be coming for you.

you voted for these socialists; welcome to the real world chumps!

burserker on May 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

In charge of your medical records.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM