President Obama’s deadline — sorry, his firm-ish deadline — to sell Obamacare is almost upon us, and the president’s media push to recruit “young invincibles” (18- to 34-year-olds) continues with sixteen lame Internet memes posted on the White House’s website.
Obama’s previous efforts to recruit young people include meeting with one-time ‘N Sync shy one Lance Bass, starring in an episode of Between Two Ferns, and being interviewed on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. These different media placements cost a whopping $52 million, according to Forbes’s Bruce Japsen.
1. “Women can’t be charged more than men”: The meme argues that women are arbitrarily charged more than men for their insurance. In fact, women in all age brackets consume far more health care than men: more than twice as much from ages 18 to 44, and 50 percent more from 45 to 64.
3. “Birth control is free”: This isn’t necessarily true. Planned Parenthood’s website says that with the Affordable Care Act, ”some brands and methods of birth control are covered without co-pays and some aren’t.”
4. “Just one accident could mean huge medical bills that you can’t afford“: Healthy “young invincibles” currently save an average of $1,000 a year when they forgo insurance. When they need medical treatment, the uninsured spend an estimated $253, while the insured pay $517.
5. “You might qualify for free or low-cost coverage”: The keyword here is “might,” and you certainly won’t if you’re young. The Affordable Care Act can charge older or unhealthy people only up to three times what the young and healthy pay. That’s great news if you are older or already sick, but it’s an increase of 200 percent or more if you are “young” and “invincible.”
6. “You only live once”: That’s just bad theology.
— Joshua Encinias is an Agostinelli Fellow at National Review.