At last: The ObamaCare-fangirlism young adults’ video contest

posted at 4:41 pm on August 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

To reiterate: The Patient “Protection” and “Affordable” Care Act’s success relies extensively on the widespread and willing participation of young people in their twenties and thirties in order the balance out and pay for the inherently riskier and pricier insurance pools that the program creates. This is not and never has been a secret — it’s just how the arithmetic will work (or so the law’s supporters hope, anyway). The largely unnecessary costs young people are going to be expected to bear will likely be so disproportionally expensive that a fair few are going to be rethinking their financial priorities — especially in this time of ongoing economic stagnation — and unfortunately for the administration, too many young people for comfort still don’t think health insurance will be a worthwhile investment.

Hence, the aggressively creative marketing campaigns coming in from all sides specifically targeted to young people; and really, what do Obamabotic youths enjoy more than a good ol’ fashioned government-sponsored social media contest? HuffPo summarizes the newly-unveiled campaign:

With precious time remaining before the health care exchanges established by the president’s health care law are up and running, the Obama administration is rolling out new initiatives to encourage enrollment.

The latest of these is set to be unveiled on Monday, when the Department of Health and Human Services will debut a video contest — complete with cash prizes — designed to persuade younger consumers to get insurance.

The administration will partner with Young Invincibles, a non-profit youth issues organization, to run the contest, with the goal of reaching those younger Americans who are skeptical of the need for health coverage.

Participants will be encouraged to submit three different types of videos advertising the benefits of the exchanges: a song, an animated short, or a video designed to convince viewers that they aren’t invincible. Using funds from the Affordable Care Act’s education and outreach budget, HHS will award $3,000 each to the creators of the three most popular and persuasive videos, while second and third place winners will get $2,500 each.

Yes, by all means: I’m sadly all too certain that there are plenty of young people out there who sincerely cannot wait to put together a song-and-dance video short celebrating the hundreds of dollars more they could soon paying a year for needlessly expensive insurance coverage — whether they realize explicitly that that’s the cause célèbre here or not.


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The beatings will continue until the stupid is cured.

nobar on August 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

How many years later and they`re STILL trying to sell it? That should tell you something.

ThePrez on August 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Just have a liberal “Save ObamaCare Telethon” hosted by Oprah…

PatriotRider on August 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Young Invincibles?

Wethal on August 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

What’s to sell.

It’s. The. Law.

Make the little sh-t’s sign up for it.

CurtZHP on August 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

At least you have the gender right – the only fans are the girls, or at least a certain segment who, shall we way, prefer to be ridden bareback.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Say, even.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

or a video designed to convince viewers that they aren’t invincible.

I’m going to send in an entry using the drone video from the Benghazi attack.

“You know, at any time you could be abandoned by your government during a terrorist attack and suffer grievous injuries such as gang rape or mortar explosions. Protect yourself, sign up for BarkyCare today. Brought to you by a government that cares about YOU, citizen.”

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Except that STDs aren’t getting cheaper.
.
Pay the man.

FlaMurph on August 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Nurse Ratched thinks that all young people are stupid, besides being Utopian idealist.

No, no, no, they will pay the fine and be done with.

They are ‘children’ until 26, go figure, and no more preconditions…they know how to do math.

The same way not all on welfare are lazy, but know how to add, the young know also…

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Obamacare: It’s. The. Law.

(except for those parts that are inconvenient for Obama, which he’s just going to ignore and pretend are not part of the law, because he can and because nobody’s willing to stop him).

L’etat, c’est moi, says Obama. The law is whatever I say it is.

AZCoyote on August 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The beatings will continue until the stupid is cured.

nobar on August 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Good luck with that.

Lanceman on August 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Good luck with that.

Lanceman on August 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The time on this beating is unlimited.

nobar on August 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Where’s the guy from McDonald’s that can’t get enough of Obama? He’s got to be ready with an effort that will sway all the cool kids.

DanMan on August 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Alternate headline:

“Free at last, free at last!”

Lanceman on August 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

New trick: some colleges now require young people to have their own insurance if parents insurance is not ObamaCare compliant. We just experienced the following, and a friend tells me he just did too (he has a son going to another school).

My child goes to Cornell. With all of our four children (he is the youngest) we have waived the expensive college insurance and used our family policy. College is hard enough to pay for: Why pay twice for health insurance?

This year, Cornell presented a new twist to us. They want “every student to have quality insurance” and to get a waiver (and avoid the $2400 cost of their policy) of this cost, and use your own insurance instead, you have to have a policy that meets seven different difficult to meet tests. Without crawling through the weeds too much, it basically means almost everyone will not be granted a waiver and instead will have to pay the extra bill.

Voila! A young person is now paying for health insurance, by fiat, when last year they were not! No law requires this, and the now-expired “promise” was that young people can stay on parents insurance until age 26. BS.

Hey, Justice Roberts! You and your “tax” can go back to whatever Democrat swamp out crawled out of in the first place. You scum.

MTF on August 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

What’s to sell.

It’s. The. Law.

Make the little sh-t’s sign up for it.

CurtZHP on August 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

yea, those 16,000 new IRS agents are in training.

faraway on August 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

OMG, these are people in their late 20s and early 30s who are going to put on skits and call themselves the “young invincibles”! What, is this kindergarten?

lea on August 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

. . . it’s free, swipe it on your EBT . . . .

How many of those out-of-work 20- and 30-somethings are going to be able to pay the Obamacare premiums, even if they want the insurance?

This ponzi scheme only works (for a while) if the younger people aren’t just a huge group of taxpayer-financed subsidy recipients. Given the current state of the economy, that would seem to be a dubious proposition.

BTW, anyone recall how the Obama team was lamenting just before the 2012 election that the economy was just about to turn around, and they didn’t want Mitt Romney to get elected and get the credit for Obama’s brilliant economic policies? Hahahahahahahahaha. Good times.

AZCoyote on August 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Personally, I’d like to see a video of someone interviewing the young, idealistic denizens of the Low Information Bunch about how they are soon to be paying a lot more for the ‘collective’ good of the older folk.

I’d love to see the light dawn on them that they are about to get royally reamed and they could have avoided that fate if they had simply paid attention instead of voting based on who was ‘cooler’ and would hand out the best goodies like free condoms.

Galt2009 on August 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

So it’s a stupid contest?

beatcanvas on August 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Cue Julia, stage right.

NOMOBO on August 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I hear Rebecca Black is getting a new video ready. It’s called “Cryday”…

Cryday, Cryday
Talking ’bout Cryday
Layin’ all that money down
Nothin’ left to do but frown

Marcola on August 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

My son would make a video about the occasional $70 trip to the doctors office over the $65 bi-weekly deduction from his pay check. Should he have some kind of catastrophic insurance? Yes he should, is that going to be available anymore, no it won’t.

Cindy Munford on August 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

HHS are such skinfilints. They got $1 Billion to play with and they’re going to give these young fools who are lying advertising for them $3500 or $2500, depending on the quality of their propaganda. Should be a real tipoff to these young skulls full of mush, but it will probably go right over their heads.

NOMOBO on August 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

OBAMACARE NADO!!!!!!!

ToddPA on August 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I’m thinking a variation on the “Dumb Ways To Die” video, with the tag line: Yes, you are too stupid to live.

Oh… wait……. that wasn’t what you were thinking, was it?

With precious time remaining before the health care exchanges established by the president’s health care law are up and running

Isn’t this statement a bit… disingenuous? I thought one of the problems was that the exchanges wouldn’t be set up on time?

GWB on August 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

nothing like a genius hard a work for all to see, inspiring!

Windsweeping on August 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

How many of those out-of-work 20- and 30-somethings are going to be able to pay the Obamacare premiums, even if they want the insurance?

This ponzi scheme only works (for a while) if the younger people aren’t just a huge group of taxpayer-financed subsidy recipients. Given the current state of the economy, that would seem to be a dubious proposition.

BTW, anyone recall how the Obama team was lamenting just before the 2012 election that the economy was just about to turn around, and they didn’t want Mitt Romney to get elected and get the credit for Obama’s brilliant economic policies? Hahahahahahahahaha. Good times.

AZCoyote on August 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

That’s why there’s the expanded Medicaid (which your governor stupidly threw her hissy fit to get through the legislature).

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Can’t wait to see what Mr. Crowder submits on this.

I’d love to do something uber-snarky with my video-production-wiz daughter, but school is starting again, and neither of us probably have time to mess with it. lol

Midas on August 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

HHS are such skinfilints. They got $1 Billion to play with and they’re going to give these young fools who are lying advertising for them $3500 or $2500, depending on the quality of their propaganda. Should be a real tipoff to these young skulls full of mush, but it will probably go right over their heads.

NOMOBO on August 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Yeah, but once Sebelius and her cronies remove their take, there’s only several thousand dollars left, so…

Midas on August 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

OK, Heritage, start the anti-Obamacare video ad contest!

PattyJ on August 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

MOAR……

SMART Power!!!!!1111!!!!elebinty

jukin3 on August 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

“…complete with cash prizes…” (Can’t get blockquote to work with Droid)

A few Obama 2012 t-shirts, bumper stickers, and a grand prize of a 2GB iPod with pictures of Obama.

Oh, and since they now have the email addresses, 5-10 emails a day asking for $5. Plus a pretty form to fill out.

William Teach on August 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I shed no tears for them. They voted for Obama because they think he’s young and cool, they aren’t smart enough to realize it’s not a vote for homecoming King and Queen. Suck it up and pay the bill.

TulsAmerican on August 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

It’s. The. Law.

Make the little sh-t’s sign up for it.

CurtZHP on August 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Our side should be making catchy videos showing how much less the penalty tax is than what they would pay for insurance.

Kafir on August 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I shed no tears for them. They voted for Obama because they think he’s young and cool, they aren’t smart enough to realize it’s not a vote for homecoming King and Queen. Suck it up and pay the bill.

TulsAmerican on August 19, 2013 at 5:49

PM

Are you inferring that they don’t like subsidizing old people insurance, the “seperate but equal” government and union insurance and giving up large chunks of their paycheck to pay social security which they will never see?

I’m sure they liked their school lunches however. Mcgilla said they needed to eat healthier.

acyl72 on August 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

OMG, these are people in their late 20s and early 30s who are going to put on skits and call themselves the “young invincibles”! What, is this kindergarten?

lea on August 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Well, over the weekend I read an article about the Brony convention in Baltimore. Google BronyCon if you don’t know what one is.

I often lament the mess we are leaving future generations but then stuff like this comes along and I don’t feel so bad. Greedy stupid people that don’t care about their “need” to pay hundreds more in health costs so long as they have the opportunity to win a t-shirt or something.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

HHS are such skinfilints. They got $1 Billion to play with and they’re going to give these young fools who are lying advertising for them $3500 or $2500, depending on the quality of their propaganda. Should be a real tipoff to these young skulls full of mush, but it will probably go right over their heads.
NOMOBO on August 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Not only that, they expect the winners to turn around and pay that $3K back in Obamacare premiums …

toby11 on August 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Yes, a cute video with animation will convince all those young people who unquestioningly supported Obama twice that they should either pay for insurance they don’t want or need, or lose any tax return they might have received to the fine for noncompliance.

It’s worth a shot. They voted for Obama twice, so obviously they aren’t the brightest bulbs on the Christmas Tree.

Adjoran on August 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Galt2009 on August 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM
Marcola on August 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM
Cindy Munford on August 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Would love to see these ideas and more submitted. There must be enough creative conservative youngsters to enter and over whelm the system, no?

Kills me that they are using tax dollars to advertise this monster of a bill and to pay others to advertise for them. Like pouring salt in wound.

hopeful on August 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

While the purpose of the videos is to get young people to buy insurance I can’t find a rule that requires the maker of the video to be a certain age. The site is for people 18-34, but I didn’t see it as a requirement for submission. Let’s overwhelm them with conservative submissions.

talkingpoints on August 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM