By Dr. Larry Kawa, Special for USDR
It’s fourth down with ninety nine yards to go in the fourth quarter for President Obama and his signature healthcare scheme. For the President, it’s time to bring out all of the tricks. There’s only two weeks before the end of the enrollment period for Obamacare.
That’s why the President has just thrown a hail mary pass to boost the number of young people enrolled in Obamacare. He’s brought in his celebrity athlete buddies like Lebron James and Magic Johnson, but in an even more desperate move, he’s enlisted Jennifer Lopez’s mother to sell Obamacare to young people.
Now I”m sure that there’s a lot of things that young people would buy from J.Lo, but I don’t think that Obamacare is one of them. Young people have not been hoodwinked into Obamacare as the administration had anticipated.
President Obama won over 66 percent of the youth vote in 2008, and over 60 percent in 2012. Yet for President Obama’s signature healthcare law, he has received the approval of 27% of young people, a far cry from original estimates.
While this is certainly bad news for the administration, it’s bad news for your wallet. The entire Obamacare law was built upon getting young people to pay to subsidize the health insurance of the elderly. Since young people aren’t buying into the system, all of the numbers (including premium payments) will change significantly.
It looks like a virtual impossibility for the administration to meet their revised 6 million enrollee mark by the end of March, even further complicating things for the administration.
They are already dealing with the mess that is the employer mandate. They can’t decide whether it should stay or whether it should go. First they want the law, but then they want to extend it. Then they want the law again, then they delay it even further until 2016.
On second thought, maybe bringing in Lebron James and J.Lo’s mom won’t be such a bad thing for Obamacare. Surely after spending almost a billion dollars on the most expensive website ever built that didn’t work, canceling the health insurance policies of over 5 million Americans, and placing millions at risk of having their policies rise significantly, those two might be the team to bring some sanity to the insanity that is this administration.
Lebron has put in the time to become a successful basketball player and businessman. He learned that you couldn’t fake success; you had to put together the right team and put in the hard work. The administration could take a cue from that.
President Obama can’t just campaign his way to making Obamacare work. Obamacare needs real change for it to be successful. Sadly for the President, that change would be removing most of law, which coincidentally, would be great for millions of Americans.