It’s come to this: Lefty groups now offering young people cash prizes to enroll in Obamacare

posted at 1:21 pm on March 19, 2014 by Guy Benson

Obamacare is such a glittering success that the president has unilaterally issued dozens of delays, suspensions, postponements and alterations to the law. It’s such a success that the administration continues to exaggerate and lie about its enrollment numbers. It’s such a success that its administrators have quietly expanded waiver eligibility to include virtually anyone who might want one, an acknowledgement that the law is a “hardship” unto itself. It’s such a success that Obama and his allies have openly abandoned the top three promises upon which it was sold. It’s such a success that only a small fraction of the previously-uninsured population has chosen to participate in it. And it’s such a success that outside advocacy groups, desperate to boost the paltry share of young, healthy sign-ups, have resorted to stunts and bribery (via John Ekdahl):

With roughly two weeks left in the open enrollment period for health insurance, some groups are trying to sell Obamacare to young people in terms they might actually understand: music, comedy, and cash. Young Invincibles, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that is focused on the economic issues affecting young adults, launched a sweepstakes last week where it is awarding a cash prize of $1,200 — enough to potentially cover a year’s worth of health insurance premiums for a young adult — to people who download their health care app or submit a card in the mail. The contest runs through the fall, but by launching it now, organizers hope young people who download the app can use it to learn more about whether they qualify for financial assistance and where they should go to sign up….Young people are particularly lagging behind in other groups in signing up. So far, 25% of those who have selected private plans are between the ages of 18 and 34. Administration officials have said repeatedly that they expect young and healthy people to put off signing up for insurance until the last minute. So groups are getting creative with their approach in the final push.

The administration’s original target for this demographic was close to 40 percent — an outcome experts projected would be necessary to sustain viable risk pools.  That goal, like others that won’t be reached, has since been discarded.  The appeal of a $1,200 prize may seem intriguing for cash-strapped young adults, but let’s put that number into proper perspective.  Let’s say you’re a healthy 30-year-old who is lucky enough to win the sweepstakes and claim the prize.  That money, as the Marketwatch story says, is “potentially” enough to cover your first year’s premiums under Obamacare.  Potentially.  The real number could be significantly higher.  Remember, the president  just got through admonishing Latino families to ditch their cable or cell phones in order to scrape together enough money to afford Obamacare coverage — which he estimated could cost as “little” as $300 per month, or $3,600 per year.  But expenses in that ballpark are precisely what compelled a young, urbanite Obama supporter to confess that he’d decided against obtaining coverage.  Avik Roy’s in-depth analysis reveals how young people are likely to suffer the worst under Obamacare “rate shock,” even after factoring in taxpayer subsidies.  CNN’s research shows that in the country’s largest metropolitan areas, many low-income young people won’t be eligible for any subsidies at all.  Which brings us to the second element of Obamacare’s one-two wallet punch: Out-of-pocket costs.  CBS News reports:

The Affordable Care Act is turning out to be less than affordable for some consumers. That’s because many of the plans carry huge deductibles, creating potential financial problems for middle-class consumers. Some “bronze”-level plans, the lowest level of coverage, carry deductibles as high as $12,700 per year for a family of four.  The average individual deductible for a bronze plan is a whopping $5,081 per year, according to research provided to CBS MoneyWatch from HealthPocket, a technology company that ranks health care plans. What’s worse, that represents an increase of 40 percent from the average deductible for an individually purchased plan before the federal health care overhaul, according to The Wall Street Journal.

See, young people?  You can win a $1,200 prize by signing up for the privilege of forking over five grand in out-of-pocket medical costs…before the coverage you’d be paying into even kicks in.  Yes, there’s always the option to choose a plan with a lower deductible, but you’ll pay higher premiums in return.  And what about those cheap “catastrophic” plans carved out for young consumers under Obamacare’s rules?  First off, they’re not much cheaper than the “bronze” level options mentioned above.  Then come the steep deductibles.  Jim Geraghty ran through official GAO numbers to expose “the catch” back in January:

The administration insists most uninsured young people will be able to buy plans for less than $50 per month. Sounds great, right? The GAO offered statistics that show the catch. A non-smoking woman, age 30, buying the plan with the lowest possible premium in the state of Virginia would pay $564 per year, or $47 per month. Affordable! . . . Until you realize the deductible is $7,500. That’s how much she has to pay out of pocket before her insurance pays anything.  And that’s a bargain compared to some other states…In Oregon, land of the music-video promotional campaign . . . that 30-year-old, non-smoking woman can get an insurance plan with a premium of just $52 per month! Of course, the deductible is $10,000. In Washington, D.C., it’s $53.50 for a plan with the same $10,000 deductible. In Maryland, she can pay $65 per month for that deductible. In Illinois, $68 per month. In Connecticut, $99 per month. In Maine, that same woman can pay $127 per month to enjoy a $12,000 deductible! In Minnesota, that same woman can pay a monthly premium of just $56.92 with a $15,000 deductible. What a bargain!

Click through for links to all of the supporting data.  How “affordable” does any of that sound?  And that doesn’t even cover any of the substantial premium hikes industry experts are predicting for next year, which the administration is downplaying, not disputing.  So which is more persuasive, Millenials: Your bank accounts, or comedy bits starring multi-millionaire movie stars?  Young people can either run some quick math and determine for themselves that the “Affordable” Care Act is nothing of the sort, or they can submit to the allure of Obamacare music video contest entrants like this:

“Hey bro, I was totally against paying up to $14,000 in deductibles and premiums for healthcare next year, but then I saw those dancers dressed up as hearts and changed my mind,” said nobody, ever.  I’ll leave you with Megan McArdle explaining how young Americans are “killing Obamacare.”

UPDATE – A reader with ties to the insurance industry writes in to dispute some of Jim Geragthy’s GAO numbers excerpted above:

“ACA plans cannot have higher deductibles than $6,350 per person, and all catastrophic plans that I have seen have a $6,350 deductible with 100% covered thereafter.  They are also much more expensive than the figures quoted in that paragraph.  Sounds like the premiums quoted are from the 2013 pre-ACA plan versions. “

He also says that the “catastrophic plan” premiums he’s seen for, say, a 29-year-old woman in Virginia are closer to $170 per month, as opposed to the lower totals mentioned in the piece.  Two points: (1) Obamacare does cap out-of-pocket costs, but that provision has been delayed (surprise!) until 2015 — likely due to the negative impact those caps are expected to have on premiums. (2) Let’s say those maximums do finally go into effect, and that premiums don’t rise even further (even though they will).  Let’s run  some math.  Add the max deductible ($6,350) to monthly premiums ($170, for argument’s sake), and you’re looking at paying nearly $8,400 for healthcare.  Here’s another option:  Add the average bronze deductible ($5,100) to the premiums described by the healthy, liberal young man in the blog post linked above ($308/month).  Obamacare tab:  Nearly $8,800.  “Affordable”?


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But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

President Surreal & his Administration is just that….surreal

Conservative4Ever on March 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Leftists assume that all the young are stupid.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

A pork chop around the neck to get the dog to play with him.

portlandon on March 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Remember, the president just got through admonishing Latino families to ditch their cable or cell phones in order to scrape together enough money to afford Obamacare coverage — which he estimated could cost as “little” as $300 per month, or $3,600 per year.

Can you just imagine Governor Romney getting away with saying something this outrageous?

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Our only remaining option is to opt out of Obamacare entirely. If the latest numbers are any indication, that’s exactly what Millennials in Nevada are doing. We know a bad deal when we see one —and we’re not as dumb as Obamacare’s marketers seem to think.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Leftists assume that all the young are stupid.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Well they did set up our education system to produce stupid kids.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

This might work.

I know at in 2012 at Portland State the leftists were handing out Free earbuds, and music downloads for votes.

Free Stuff!

portlandon on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Just in time – premiums to skyrocket

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

That $1200 prize will be taxable income as well.

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

So once the targets sign up and find they didn’t win the raffle prize, they can just ignore the monthly premium bills?

Brilliant work Barry.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

What’s a debubblebub? ~Young Obama Voter

ButterflyDragon on March 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

HA-ha! – Nelson Muntz

thebrokenrattle on March 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Progressive utopia is so awesome I give it at most 5 years.

Looks like I won’t have to plan for retirement afterall.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

All ins. companies which stood with obama, all pharmaceutical and medical device companies, all doctors who stood with him, go to Hell, pronto.

NO bailouts. You are all traitors.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I love to watch the liberal, gimme, gimme, crowd choke on all these lies from their one, true, God.

ultracon on March 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

A coalition of the bribed.

CurtZHP on March 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Caption the picture:

Nurse Ratched and LilliPutin’s lilliputian

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Free boob-job for the ladies when they sign up for ObamaCare!

albill on March 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Behold, the First Annual Obamacare Games!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

JimLennon on March 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Spin the wheel to win a free vasectomy!

I’m sorry sir, you’ve landed on Free Transgender surgery.

portlandon on March 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Leftists assume that all the young are stupid.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

…the young leftists are…

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I hope these kids are smart enough to see all this pandering and realize the left is sacrificing them to the Obamacare cesspool of third-world healthcare.

ImmigrantsWife on March 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Free breathalyzers for all asthma patients.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I ain’t signing up for jack until there’s a second set of Ginsu knives on the table.

antipc on March 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

it is awarding a cash prize of $1,200 — enough to potentially cover a year’s worth of health insurance premiums for a young adult

Please stop, yer killin me…

Akzed on March 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

“call in the next 20 minutes, and we’ll throw in a set
of Ginsu Knives”

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

“Call in the next 30 minutes, and we’ll include this
set of Nose hair clippers”

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

This gang is the most Pathetic sick Effing Joke
ever perpetrated on the American people.

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Young people can either run some quick math…

Not if they live in Detroit
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20091208/FREE/912089997/detroits-public-schools-post-worst-scores-on-record-in-national

NOMOBO on March 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Free boob-job for the ladies when they sign up for ObamaCare!

albill on March 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

As if the Fluking free abortions and birth control weren’t enough…hey, what the F, right? It s all free Obamabucks anyway, who is evah gonna notice. Stupid peasant masses.
Seriously though, I do have to admit, I am getting a different feel for the millenials being portrayed as mindless sheep, in spite of their decades of indoctrination, they do have at least a modicum of sense it seems.

PatHenry on March 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

…what?…no free Viagra?

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I ain’t signing up for jack until there’s a second set of Ginsu knives on the table.

antipc on March 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Slices, dices onions so fast you don’t have time to cry. But wait, don’t order yet, look what else you get. You get the bamboo steamer, takes month old bread and steams it bakery fresh in seconds. All this can be yours thanks to MilliVanillicare.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM

This Administration is so mendacious that I fully expect, on Friday, April 4th, they will announce that there was an unprecedented surge in new enrollments for Obamacare – to the point that on March 31st, they had 6.7 million total who had enrolled into Obamacare. They will also mention that if they had just 4 more days of enrollment, they would have achieved their 7 million target.

They will declare victory – and run on that ‘victory’ to counter the meme that the ACA is the EpicClusterFark with the willing assistence of the lapdog media.

Of course, the data is little more than the same lies that comprise the unemployment numbers, the Fed Reserve balance sheet, and the GDP / Inflation numbers that are released by this lying Administration.

Athos on March 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Many companies have/are moving to HSA plans with high deductibles. Before we all start complaining about Obamacare costs, consider this point of view….

Our company BCBS policy is $6K/family member deductible, the company pays for employee only which means monthly payroll insurance deductions for non-singles of $300-$500/month. Nothing is covered except check-ups until the deductible is met.

Sounds a lot like the Obamacare plans.

The advantage of this over Obamacare? I can put $$ into an HSA account and use it tax free forever to cover medical costs when they occur, and earn interest on the $$.

Not that I would EVER log onto the ACA site and put any of my info in it!!!!!

TX_HCG on March 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

“Hey bro, I was totally against paying up to $14,000 in deductibles and premiums for healthcare next year, but then I saw those dancers dressed up as hearts and changed my mind

Well, it is Wisconsin. Maybe this kind of stuff resonates in flyover country.

But if Obamacare is legal because it is a tax. Doesn’t a sweepstakes with a cash prize mean the feds are running an illegal lottery?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Just like everything else this administration plays it wrong. The youth of America don’t care about money! They should offer the ambassadorship of Russia or dinner with their messiah.

tej on March 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I know at in 2012 at Portland State the leftists were handing out Free earbuds, and music downloads for votes.

portlandon on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The (painfully) hilarious thing being that there wasn’t the slightest chance of the state going red, with or without those votes. Waste of time and resources on their part.

Sockpuppet Politic on March 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

This Administration is so mendacious that I fully expect, on Friday, April 4th, they will announce that there was an unprecedented surge in new enrollments for Obamacare – to the point that on March 31st, they had 6.7 million total who had enrolled into Obamacare.

Athos on March 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Kids! Those scamps always wait to the last minute no matter how much you’ve been nagging them to enroll since October.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Good Lord, this administration is PATHETIC. Our republic has now become THE LAUGHING STOCK of all of human history

My collie says:

We’ve reached a point where simple impeachment would be far too respectful an end to this rodeo clown’s administration.

CyberCipher on March 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

If you can’t baffle them with bullshit, bamboozle them with bribery!

The Official Chicago Democrat Machine Creed

pilamaye on March 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I think the O’Butthead administration went wrong at about the time of the “ho’s” campaign (free birth control). What about the unsightly or unhygienic guy/gal who can’t get laid? Or the angry guy/gal who drives all the women/men away.

Get the loser millenials to one of Dingy Harry’s brothels/stud farms, get ‘em laid, and get ‘em covered.

MisterElephant on March 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

But if Obamacare is legal because it is a tax. Doesn’t a sweepstakes with a cash prize mean the feds are running an illegal lottery?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

This administration, illegal? Thanks for filling in for Bishop.

antipc on March 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Free shipping

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Hey, maybe this can be an awesome new way for states to raise funds. Buy $1,000 lottery tickets for a chance to win $100!

NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Free boob-job for the ladies when they sign up for ObamaCare!

albill on March 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

In the LIV community big butts are in, big boobs not so much. Having an enormous butt is currently the path to fame and fortune in the US.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Let’s see…

ObamaCare is a mandated tax. ObamaCare is offering cash prizes to enroll. Where is ObamaCare getting the cash to offer as a prize? From Justice Roberts? Or is Sebelius just pulling it out of her ass, much the same as Congress does?

Willys on March 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Why doesn’t our clown president just set up a carnival on the White House lawn? Ring toss, fish bowls and ping pong balls, Wack-a-Mole, softball pitch, etc.

There’s one going on in the inside, might as well have one on the outside too.

fogw on March 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

RMS Obamacare sank March 20th,2014 with help from delusional President…wait I don’t care the dude wants to fine me for not signing up for his f$&# law…

sorrowen on March 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

In the LIV community big butts are in, big boobs not so much. Having an enormous butt is currently the path to fame and fortune in the US.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Only if you have a sex tape and are somehow related to the Kardashians. Or, of course, if you are a professional twerker.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

…bet you…he still lurks!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Why doesn’t our clown president just set up a carnival on the White House lawn? Ring toss, fish bowls and ping pong balls, Wack-a-Mole, softball pitch, etc.

fogw on March 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The Yeti’s birthday was in January.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Having an enormous butt is currently the path to fame and fortune in the US.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Too bad it doesn’t hold true on the international stage, because America has the biggest ass in the world running it, and despite it’s promises, we’re becoming less popular.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

fogw on March 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

You forgot the mud wrestling and wet T-shirt contests with dem Congresswomen as participants . . .

MisterElephant on March 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

wait I don’t care the dude wants to fine me for not signing up for his f$&# law…

sorrowen on March 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

…like JugEars…I have a pen…and a phone!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Screw his pen and phone…it’s lazy honestly his executive orders all he does it get sued while being humiliated by Putin. His legacy is sealed his executive orders won’t save his legacy…not that Obama is a long term thinker…

sorrowen on March 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Let me guess, the YOung Invincibles is funded by the usual suspects? Soros, taxpayers, etc.?

PattyJ on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Also, being between the ages of 18 and 34 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy. It’ll be interesting to find out how many of those “invincibles” who signed up, already have type 2 diabetes, serious illness, etc.

Tanya on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Of course he meant they can ferment the 2000+ printed pages into methanol and put it in their gas tanks. – DWS

Marcola on March 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Thanks for the link! Loved that article. All those years of trying to indoctrinate socialized healthcare into these young people didn’t inspire the loyalty they had sought, did it?

Anybody have stats on how many of the 18-34yo sign-ups are women? I’m wondering how PP is doing on their enrollment drive.

lineholder on March 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

…bet you…he still lurks!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’ve been watching for a newb to emerge with the same bad grammar and propaganda patterns, but nothing yet.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Isn’t that Obama on the billboard?

http://s694.photobucket.com/user/Andrei_STF6/media/FullMetalJacket1987BDRipX264-TLF-2.png.html

claudius on March 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I’ve been watching for a newb to emerge with the same bad grammar and propaganda patterns, but nothing yet.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The trolls have been rather quiet in general lately.

NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

But if Obamacare is legal because it is a tax. Doesn’t a sweepstakes with a cash prize mean the feds are running an illegal lottery?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

If the President does it then it’s not illegel
- Barack Milhous Obama

Fenris on March 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

*illegal, doh

Fenris on March 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The trolls have been rather quiet in general lately.

NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

It’s getting harder and harder to defend the indefensible – particularly when reality provides the perfect counter to their focus on perceptions, feelings, and ideological spin.

Athos on March 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

They call themselves the “Young Invincibles”??? HAHAHA… Well, yeah, as long as they still get help from their mommies and daddies… and every other taxpayer in the country, sure! They’re, ummm, unstoppable!

KansasNavyDad on March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Why doesn’t our clown president just set up a carnival on the White House lawn? Ring toss, fish bowls and ping pong balls, Wack-a-Mole, softball pitch, etc.

There’s one going on in the inside, might as well have one on the outside too.

fogw on March 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Larry the Cable Guy would have a good ole time with his “guess your bra size” contest. After a good grope and feel, throw out a guess and – “Darn, I was wrong? Well you win, here pick one of these cheap plastic toys as a prize.”

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The trolls have been rather quiet in general lately.
NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Momma sold the house to pay for the new healthcare plan and moved to an apartment – no more basement!

Marcola on March 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Looks like the subsidies might not be all they’re cracked up to be … especially if they’re calculated incorrectly, your income changes, etc.

Are ObamaCare’s Tax Credits Harmless? The Little Understood Dark Side Of The Subsidies

MissMagnolia on March 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Leftists assume that all the young are stupid.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Considering young people voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008 and 2012, I’d say there’s about a 70% chance they are right.

bw222 on March 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

The trolls have been rather quiet in general lately.

NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Soros pulled funding for Media Matters trolling on conservative blogs a few months back. So some of the more rabid true believers (those who hadn’t already been banned) went back to their X-Boxes at that time.

The latest HotGas open registration has yielded the current rag-tag bunch of leftist twits that you see posting their nonsense in fits and starts here and there. Really a low-grade bunch who appear to be Daily Kooks who wandered in here by mistake.

MisterElephant on March 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Right out of the Liberal Demcratic Playbook

Nothing gets ‘tards and morons subsisting on the gubbamint check to signup (or vote) like a Big air-conditioned bus (with TV), a fried chicken box lunch, and a $50 bill.

Works everytime it’s tried for the dems.

BigSven on March 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

All ins. companies which stood with obama, all pharmaceutical and medical device companies, all doctors who stood with him, go to Hell, pronto.

NO bailouts. You are all traitors.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Jon Stryker, CEO of Stryker Medical in Kalamazoo, MI was a big Obama backer/Democratic supporter:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/16/medical-supply-giant-stryker-corp-makes-pre-emptive-strike-against-pending/

bw222 on March 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Ideology so good, you have to buy it.

Hey….. “Walking around” money, right?

98ZJUSMC on March 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Jon Stryker, CEO of Stryker Medical in Kalamazoo, MI was a big Obama backer/Democratic supporter:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/16/medical-supply-giant-stryker-corp-makes-pre-emptive-strike-against-pending/

bw222 on March 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

… and my company’s primary competitor.

And my company is proudly on the record – including Congressional testimony and record – as being profoundly *against* Obamacare, having specifically provided testimony as to the effects the medical device tax was going to have on the industry, on jobs, on patients and costs, etc.

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

It’s come to this: Lefty groups now offering young people cash prizes to enroll in Obamacare

Dana Milbank is very, very, very disappointed in how the younger generation is insufficiently worshipful of supportive of loyal to Obama and Obamacare.

What went wrong? The president and his aides failed to keep his youth movement engaged. But part of the problem also is the inability of the millennial generation to remain attached to a cause. The generation that brought Obama to power is connected online but has no loyalty to institutions — including, it turns out, the Obama White House.

In 2008, “the level of innovation and engagement in the election, especially the primaries, was amazing, but then the level of engaging them during the administration was extremely disappointing,” says Peter Levine, a Tufts University professor who specializes in youth civic involvement. “He had a potential army for legislative success and implementation, but the Obama administration did not do that. At a critical moment in the first term, they did not turn to them. . . . They got rapid youth demobilization.”

Even if Obama had worked harder to keep his youth army engaged, it’s not entirely clear that the effort would have succeeded. As a group, the generation’s attachment is fickle.

See, the fault is not in Obama. His followers have just failed him.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM

It’s come to this: Lefty groups now offering young people cash prizes to enroll in Obamacare

To be fair, this may be a good idea. Given the risk of identity theft from the notoriously insecure Obamacare website, these young people may need to live off their cash prizes once thieves still their identity and empty their bank accounts.

Which reminds me:

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty one hundred twenty-one one hundred twenty-two one hundred twenty-three one hundred twenty-four one hundred twenty-five one hundred twenty-six one hundred twenty-seven one hundred twenty-eight one hundred twenty-nine one hundred thirty one hundred thirty-one one hundred thirty-two one hundred thirty-three one hundred thirty-four one hundred thirty-five one hundred thirty-six one hundred thirty-seven one hundred thirty-eight one hundred thirty-nine one hundred forty one hundred forty-one one hundred forty-two one hundred forty-three one hundred forty-four one hundred forty-five one hundred forty-six one hundred forty-seven one hundred forty-eight one hundred forty-nine one hundred fifty one hundred fifty-one one hundred fifty-two one hundred fifty-three one hundred fifty-four one hundred fifty-five one hundred fifty-six one hundred fifty-seven one hundred fifty-eight one hundred fifty-nine one hundred sixty one hundred sixty-one one hundred sixty-two one hundred sixty-three one hundred sixty-four one hundred sixty-five one hundred sixty-six one hundred sixty-seven one hundred sixty-eight one hundred sixty-nine one hundred seventy
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

Day 170!!

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

All ins. companies which stood with obama, all pharmaceutical and medical device companies, all doctors who stood with him, go to Hell, pronto.

NO bailouts. You are all traitors.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Big Pharma will not need a bailout. ObamaCare was the best thing that ever happened to Big Pharma.

ButterflyDragon on March 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Old…..parents went to Cuba and all I got was an old smelly Che tee-shirt.

New…..HotAir had a recent open registration and one of our catches was an old smelly confused idiot called HonestLib.

On the young adult front. Sent two kids to college recently and one went in in a Liberal and came back a Libertarian and one went in a Libertarian and came back a Conservative. They did tell me they voted for Mr. Romney. They can’t stand President Obama and are very vocal about that fact.

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Woot! I’m holding out for a waffle iron and a light sabre.

GreenBlade on March 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Free breathalyzers for all asthma patients.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Laugh or Cry?
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I guess I’ll laugh, this time.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

When does the conversion begin? I honestly mean when will they covert YOU!

D-fusit on March 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

They listen more to their mother than their father :)

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

The trolls have been rather quiet in general lately.
NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Momma sold the house to pay for the new healthcare plan and moved to an apartment – no more basement!

Marcola on March 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Even apartments have utility rooms :)… Or not?..

jimver on March 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

On the young adult front. Sent two kids to college recently and one went in in a Liberal and came back a Libertarian and one went in a Libertarian and came back a Conservative. They did tell me they voted for Mr. Romney. They can’t stand President Obama and are very vocal about that fact.

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Obviously you are an excellent parent :)… Cuz am sure it wasn’t their college that taught them so well :)…

jimver on March 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

o/t

On the heels of the Democrat-controlled legislature in West Virginia sending a bill restricting abortion to the Governor, a Democrat…

Dispatch From The White, Male Republican ‘War on Women’

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A proposal to add new regulations for abortion providers in Louisiana has received the unanimous support of the House health care committee.

The bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat from Monroe, would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. It’s similar to a controversial restriction recently passed in Texas.

Jackson says the proposal would enact “common-sense safety standards” to protect women’s health.

Abortion rights supporters say if lawmakers pass the new requirement, it would force the closure of three of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics — and leave none open south of Shreveport.

The House Health and Welfare Committee advanced the proposal Wednesday without objection. It heads next to the House floor for debate.

Er, wait…

Is the ‘White, Male Republican War on Women’ becoming an ‘African-American Female Democrat War on Women’?

Representative Katrina R. Jackson

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Jon Stryker, CEO of Stryker Medical in Kalamazoo, MI was a big Obama backer/Democratic supporter:

bw222 on March 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Stryker gets no sympathy from me. Even though it is a fairly well-run company (I know a few of their managers).

Same goes with a local factory that hosted an Obama small business pep rally. I don’t care how good their windows are, I’ll never buy their product because of who they support.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

When I first saw your handle I responded there is no such thing as an honest lib and that you’d be the first ever.

Well, I’m happy to say I was wrong on the first count.

antipc on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

MG!

This is like bribing someone to your best friend.

avagreen on March 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Wait….is it free stuff or fuzzy stuff?

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 5:56 PM

They can’t stand President Obama and are very vocal about that fact.

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Can’t blame em. You?

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

When I first saw your handle I responded there is no such thing as an honest lib and that you’d be the first ever.
Well, I’m happy to say I was wrong on the first count.

antipc on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Hmmmm – I don’t know for sure – but the more I see his posts, the more I question the Lib part – which then calls into question the Honest part…..

In a similar situation, my sister was married to a hardcore union guy and consequently was hardcore left (politically / voting-wise) for a long time. She recently divorced him and met a new guy who is fairly successful and very Republican. As I heard it, one night they were sitting on the deck talking over drinks and he started asking her to explain her positions on various issues. After awhile he just smiled and told her “you’re actually a Republican, you just don’t realize it yet”.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM

“you’re actually a Republican, you just don’t realize it yet”.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Ahhhhhh, the Susana Martinez line to her hubby.

“I’ll be damned……..we’re Republicans”.

antipc on March 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

And the band plays on…

HiJack on March 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

The Yeti’s birthday was in January.

This Yeti thing cracks me up everytime I see it!

ImmigrantsWife on March 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I’m beginning to think that this socialism thing doesn’t work.

307wolverine on March 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

WWSD?

rogerb on March 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM

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