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February 24 2014

FLOTUS, We’re Not Knuckleheads!

Patrice J. Lee

Late last week, First Lady Michelle Obama gave us insight into how she and her husband view young Americans, and it’s just as insulting as the Brosurance and Ho-surance ads that the Administration is promoting to get us to sign up for ObamaCare.

Appearing on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, FLOTUS made jokes including some at the expense of young people, but it’s no laughing matter.

She thinks that young people –adult children as we’re often referred to by the Administration- are “knuckleheads” and in need health insurance coverage (specifically ObamaCare). This comment and the failed multi-million dollar ObamaCare PR campaign targeting Millennials, reveal just how disconnected from young people the Administration is.

If you missed it, here’s what she said:

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26,” Obama said. “But once they hit 26 — they’re on their own. And a lot of young people think they’re invincible. But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads, you know? They’re the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open. They’re dancing on the bar stool.”

How many young people do you know who (regularly) dance on bar stools? I don’t know any young people who have never used a knife to slice something by aged 26, whether that’s meat to grill or lettuce for a salad. Young people are inexperienced, not imbeciles.

Let’s just make clear that purchasing healthcare coverage is a responsible action that every (young) American should do. It ensures that we are protected in case of accidents or ailments and doesn’t place financial burdens on the shoulders of tax payers and others with insurance. But, missing from the conversation is the fact that we should be free to make this choice and not be forced by government to do so.

The real challenge for Millennials is that health insurance is expensive and the low-cost, bare bones emergency plans that were once readily available have all but disappeared thanks to ObamaCare. POTUS and FLOTUS are instead selling us on ObamaCare, which youth advocates have found will raise the premiums young people pay by over 169 percent nationwide.

FLOTUS claims you can find an ObamaCare plan for as little as a pair of “tennis shoes.” (Who under 35 says tennis shoes by the way?) And POTUS claims his plans are cheaper than a cell phone bill, but he admitted that he doesn’t know just how much a monthly cell phone bill is for a young person. 

And what about the tax-payer funded subsides needed to get the costs of ObamaCare down that low for young people? ObamaCare advocates neglect to mention that a young person must first qualify for those giveaways.

Nearly two million discouraged young people have dropped out of the job market and we face a 15.8 percent effective unemployment rate. Balance that against the demands on our income of repaying high student loan debt and housing and transportation costs, and you can see that young people will not spend their precious resources on what is a bad deal for them. That is the reason enrollments in ObamaCare among the coveted 18-34 demographic lags behind enrollment targets. We are not procrastinating or busy getting boozed up and looking for a hookups. We are just not interested.

The New York Post Editorial Staff captures well  why Michelle Obama’s comments are a misreading of young people and why we will not enroll in ObamaCare:

…unfortunately for the first lady and her husband, these knuckleheads are smart enough to know that ObamaCare isn’t in their best interest.

Yes, they may have occasional accidents, but their collective doctor bills don’t come to nearly as much as those of older folks. ObamaCare forces them to pay well more than their costs in order to subsidize the older group. Without those subsidies, the system collapses.

These young adults don’t want it, not from the man who promised them hope and change, and not from the first lady.

Maybe Mrs. Obama should look on the bright side: If these youth are dancing on bar stools, at least they’re participating in her “Let’s Move” campaign. Oh, wait: That might make them healthier — and less in need of ObamaCare. Who’ll be laughing then?

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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