Oh, Snap: “Obama Prepares To Screw His Base”
I appreciate Buzz Feed’s Ben Smith giving me a good and hearty belly laugh first thing in the morning with that headline, and even funnier as one starts to read the article
President Obama’s enemies often accuse him, in the starkest political terms, of crudely acting to shift resources toward his political base: Green energy donors; single women; Latinos; African-Americans.
But the next 12 months are likely to reveal the opposite. Imminent elements of Obama’s grandest policy move, the health care overhaul known as ObamaCare, are calculated to screw his most passionate supporters and to transfer wealth to his worst enemies.
Vincent Price “says” it best
The passionate supporters are the youth, who voted for him by a margin of 60% to 36%, according to exit poll samples of people 29 and under. His enemies are the elderly: Mitt Romney won 56% of the votes from people 65 and over. And while one of ObamaCare’s earliest provisions was a boon to the young, allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance through the age of 26, what follows may come as an unpleasant surprise to many of the president’s supporters. The provisions required to make any sort of health insurance plan work – not just ObamaCare, but really any plan of its sort – require healthy young people to pay more in health insurance than they consume in services, while the elderly (saved by Sarah “Death Panels” Palin from any serious attempt to ration expensive and often futile end-of-life care) consume far more than they pay in. There is always a push and pull, however, and this year will be spent laying plans to shift the burden further toward the young.
That’s the gist of the article, that young people are going to be paying a disproportionate amount for health insurance, and are essentially getting screwed by ObamaCare, legislation which the support in a much higher ratio than any other age group (oh, and that that pesky Sarah Palin stopped any attempt to ration care for old people, which, if you’ll remember, we were told didn’t exist before the Senate cut it, but the Independent Payment Advisory Board still exists).
And now the young people will learn what a good chunk of the rest of the populace has found out: Obama is always screwing people and ObamaCare, which surely most young supporters never read, is a Bad Idea. The young people should have realized this by now, since they are also one of the population segments which is having a tough time with the jobs market.
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