The disastrous consequences of ObamaCare have been expertly chronicled by its opponents throughout the media. Effective solutions to the law’s pervasive problems, on the other hand, have been few and far between.
Among the biggest hurdles proponents of the healthcare law face is a serious lack of interest among young adults. It is imperative to ObamaCare’s survival that this generally healthy segment of the population signs up for coverage to offset the expenses incurred by older Americans. So far, that has not happened; therefore, those dedicated to saving the law have developed some unorthodox theories about making it more attractive to twentysomethings.
Chief among these absurd proposals is a theory backed by Bloomberg writer Caroline Baum in a recent column. In light of recent legislation making recreational marijuana use legal in Colorado and Washington state, she advocates handing out the drug to young people as an incentive to sign up for an outrageously expensive health insurance plan.
She wrote that the Obama administration exerts too much effort in “outreach programs and sappy TV ads” when it could just do what leftists for generations have done to curry public favor: give stuff away.
“The White House has failed to grasp what makes individuals and businesses tick,” she proclaimed in the recent column before approaching the specifics of her bizarre incentive program.
“First, announce and advertise that everyone between the ages of 18 and 34 who enrolls on the healthcare exchanges by the end of the year is automatically entered in a lottery,” she wrote. While she suggests general prizes such as electronic devices, she urged officials in the aforementioned states with legalized marijuana use to “by all means, throw in a bag of cannabis.”
Of course, Baum does not represent the Obama regime; and there seems to be little evidence anyone in the administration is seriously considering her absurd proposal. The mere fact that she and others are so feverishly trying to save ObamaCare, however, merely illustrates how dissatisfied the American public has become with the disastrous law.
–B. Christopher Agee
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