Is This Obamacare’s Biggest Challenge Yet?


“The whole scheme is enlisting young adults to overpay, so other people can have subsidies,” Dean Clancy, vice president of the advocacy group FreedomWorks, told The Washington Post about Obamacare. “That unfairness reminded us of the military draft.” As he wrote in a post published on the FreedomWorks website, the Affordable Care Act should really be called the Unaffordable Act, especially when it comes to young adults in their twenties and thirties. In fact, he believes that all Americans — especially Millennials — should “burn their ObamaCare card.”

Because the Affordable Care Act does not have draft cards, FreedomWorks took an image of a Vietnam draft card and affixed the word “Obamacare” to the top.

Clancy has fought the implementation of Obamacare for years, arguing that its mandate for “all Americans to purchase expensive government-controlled health insurance” is a mere ploy to keep the system from collapsing from the weight of all the uninsured Americans who enroll. “Young adults are being singled out as the group who will have to bear the brunt of preventing this collapse,” he wrote. “They’re being asked to sacrifice their dollars and their freedom.”

It is true that Obamacare needs young enrollees. As the Millennial demographic is cheap to insure, the Obama administration needs to convince young people to sign up for insurance on the superstore-like exchanges this October in order to balance out older or sicker patients more likely to sign up for health insurance as soon as possible. Their insurance premiums will cover the big bills for the relatively small number of sick people. According to estimates made by the Obama administration, approximately 7 million people will sign up for coverage via the exchanges in 2014 and between 2.6 million and 2.7 million of those enrollees need to be young, cheap-to-insure Americans for the system to work.