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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Crossroads GPS, the 501(c)(4) “dark money” group co-founded by Karl Rove, has released a new ad encouraging young Americans not to get health insurance coverage under Obamacare.

According to The Washington Examiner, Crossroads GPS plans to submit the satirical ad to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contest seeking videos encouraging young people to enroll in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. House Speaker John Boehner submitted a similarly tongue-in-cheek entry to the contest last week.

The ad — which contains several false claims, most notably that health care premiums will triple under the law — serves as the latest example of Republicans’ broad effort to reach out to young voters, who overwhelming supported President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. It has not been going well.

Young Americans are critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act; their active participation in the health care exchanges is crucial to holding down premiums for the law’s programs. For that reason, right-wing groups such as Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity have attempted to undermine the law by launching campaigns to dissuade young people from enrolling in the exchanges.

According to a recent Gallup poll, young Americans are less familiar with Obamacare than other age groups — but they are also far less likely to disapprove of the law than older Americans, suggesting that Crossroads is fighting an uphill battle. It remains to be seen whether “MC Rove” can connect with a younger generation by saying “YOLO” and hoping for the best — but based on Crossroads GPS’ abysmal track record, it seems rather unlikely.

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  • Dominick Vila

    The part that Karl Rove and his ilk are ignoring is that most of our young are better educated than their elders and are capable of discerning what is best for them without the help of political ads. Telling people that an alternative to not having preventive medical care because they cannot afford the insurance premiums is a toll order, and suggesting that a program that is likely to cut current premiums in half is going to be more expensive than the status quo is likely to turn the authors of the latest attempt to demonize Obamacare into the fools they are.
    Obamacare is far from perfect, and there is no question that we would have been better off implementing a solution that eliminates the need for a middle man whose contribution is to add cost to an already out of control system, but in the absence of an alternative this is the best we can hope for until the system is deployed and we have a chance to make the changes that will be needed to make it the envy of the world…and the Achilles heel that will all but destroy the credibility of the Grand Old Party.

    • TZToronto

      We can hope that the effect of the implementation of the program will be as dramatic as those of us on the progressive side hope it will be. When those who are being cheated out of health care in the red states see what is happening elsewhere, we can expect that the oppressed will start to demand what other Americans have, health insurance they can afford. You’re right, though, about the profit portion of the cost. Eliminate the profit and costs will drop like a rock. Get the shareholders out of the picture, and everyone will benefit.

      • hilandar1000

        How right you are, TZ. I recall when the hospitality industry started buying out the medical field. Prices immediately sky-rocketed and service dropped. Every corporation was ready to get a large piece of the pie. It has become so much a part of our medical system at this point that it is going to take some massive effort to get corporations out of the medical field — or at least limit their profit margin. The 20 percent cap on insurance company profits is a good start. Why not extend that to ALL medical expenditures?

        • TZToronto

          As long as medical care is a for-profit business, little will change. Oh, it’s great to get rid of the pre-existing conditions clauses and the lifetime caps. It’s great to have kids insured under their parents’ plans up to age 26. But right now profits drive the non-Medicare/non-VA/non-Medicaid system. It’s time for a real change, but that change won’t come until the private part of the health “business” decides it’s not worth the effort to lose money or make a few bucks. Once they abdicate their share of the market, single-payer will be the only option, and the people–not the shareholders–will demand it. . . . Am I dreaming?

          • hilandar1000

            You are right on, TZ, but it won’t come easy. Until we deal with the problem of campaign finance, corporations will continue to buy legislators who will continue to “reward” their large contributors.

  • charleo1

    Aren’t these the same people who refuse to accept State College student’s IDs,
    making it harder for young people to vote? Are now telling them they don’t really
    need health insurance. As they say, with friends like the GOP. I’ve said this before.
    But I think it bears repeating. As anxious, and eager as Republicans are to gain
    new converts, and toss the Dems out. If this healthcare bill is going to be this
    disaster, this colossal train wreck, with it’s wheels already coming off, as one
    Senator claimed. Why don’t they simply allow it to go into effect, then make it’s
    failure the center point of their National comeback campaigns? Unless, they
    know it’s a lot easier to keep people from getting a better deal, than it will be
    to take that deal away from them, once they have it. Does that make sense?

  • 4sanity4all

    Carl Rove is so dumb, if he thinks that young people do not need insurance, he should think again. Sure, they are generally healthier than older people, but many of them do have allergies, sports injuries, and other conditions that prompt them to see a doctor. They are also often sexually active, so they need checkups and birth control services. And I believe that most young people are intelligent enough to know that they need health insurance, because they are aware of what healthcare costs in the U.S. without it. He is actually telling them to risk their financial future because if they forgo insurance, and then get injured in an auto accident, how are they going to pay the hospital bills? I have more faith in their intelligence than Carl Rove does, evidently, because I do not think they will fall for his obvious manipulation for political gain scheme.

    • jointerjohn

      Carl Rove doesn’t “think” anything about young people’s need for insurance, in fact he doesn’t really “think” anything at all. The completely unchecked capacity for the rich and powerful to expand their wealth and power is his only motivation in life. Apart from unlimited free enterprise, he believes in nothing. What makes the current American political right so dangerous and difficult to cope with is that it is made up of the 1% who believe in nothing but greed, propped up by the Christian right-wing who use belief as a substitute for evidence and reason. It is not possible to truly discuss the future of the country with either! The first group cares for nothing but amassing personal wealth while the second is waiting for their 2000 year dead hero to come carry them off to eternal Disneyland. We must stop acting amazed that these people care nothing about the country’s future. One bunch doesn’t care and their cheering fans believe there is no future for the planet anyway. Appealing to these people with sensible long-term solutions for the American public would be like me teaching algebra to my dog.

      • Allan Richardson

        To paraphrase W. C. Fields, their attitude is, “Everyone’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll make another million!”

      • hilandar1000

        You also need to mention the gun-worshipers as part of that political group — whose paranoia about everybody trying to take away their guns has reached unprecedented proportions.

        • jointerjohn

          Good point! Another group who chooses to ignore logic and eschew reason. All three also share a belief in simple solutions to complex problems, something the rest of us gave up on long ago.

  • howa4x

    This is classic republican fight for the big interest politics. Maybe Rove might provide some insights to family’s and young adults about the costs they will have to pay if they enter the health care system without insurance. If young people think they are in the hole through student debt, wait till they get a million dollar medical bill if they are in an accident, or need a lifetime of rehab and find out they are personally responsible for it. Or if they contract any disease that can land them in a hospital bed. Maybe Rove can tell young people why his group opposed the public option. Now that would be a great commercial