Dontcha Know There’s Hope for the Future

The majority of 19 to 34 year-olds in this country are healthier than older citizens. It’s not a generalization. It’s a fact. It’s also a fact they balance insurance risk pools, which is why in order for Obamacare to succeed, young, spry, healthy people need to enroll, pay premiums and essentially subsidize the healthcare costs incurred by the majority of the marketplace: older or sicker folks who often have expensive medical needs and participants receiving free government benefits. In other words if Obamacare survives, the millennial generation will shoulder the bulk of the financial burden associated with healthcare. Dontcha know that’s what makes it affordable for everybody else? Yeah. Thank you, POTUS, for another opportunity to share responsibility.

At least for now, the freedom to choose whether or not to participate remains intact. Of course, there are “consequences” for not maintaining “essential” insurance coverage, but even so, millennials continue to opt out. Obamcare is plenty flawed, but the fact that young, healthy people are so critical to its success is what’s making it such a hard sell to those same young, healthy people.

You’d think it would be easy to convince a bunch “knuckleheads” that paying hundreds of dollars in premiums for services they neither need nor want is a fiscally wiser choice than simply making the cheaper Shared Responsibility Payment. The problem is they’re NOT a bunch of knuckleheads. In fact, if you consider the top four reasons revealed in a recent study on the cost of insurance for young adults, you’ll see millennials are pretty darn savvy in their approach to making healthcare choices.

  1. Most young adults are in the healthy majority.
  2. Being healthy does not entitle you to a breaks on the cost of insurance premiums.
  3. Emergencies don’t necessarily cost less with insurance.
  4. Based on calculated risks for the healthy majority of young people, being uninsured is five times cheaper than being insured.

Clearly young Americans are not (as some people would have us believe) passive, uninformed, helpless, irresponsible, incompetent knuckleheads who don’t know one end of a knife from the other. Call me crazy, but it seems when you make sweeping generalizations that “disparage an entire generation on national television” (Patrick Kane), you tend to piss them off.

Dontcha know when you try to persuade people to do something they don’t want to do, you ought to avoid insulting them? And dontcha know, when a philosophy major at the University of Colorado at Boulder defects to the right, there’s hope for the future? 

Patrick Kane, you are my hero.

© 2014 Just Another Ordinary Day by Antoinette D. Datoc

Mr. Wonderful

“Is there a war on the one percent or just leveling the playing field?” asks CNN anchor of Out Front, Erin Burnett. Here’s what businessman, investor, author and Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary had to say:

  • “The reason they’re the 1% is because they created businesses, products and services that were very successful, employed millions of people, paid billions in taxes. All of the wealth in America doesn’t come from government at all. It comes from the backs of people like the 1% that created the businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

If you’ve got about six minutes to spare, watch the video to enjoy Kevin O’Leary’s complete schooling of Erin Burnett on matters of Obamacare, the economy, and “the one- percent.” Did I mention they call him Mr. Wonderful? On Shark Tank? Because… HE..IS…WONDERFUL.

And how about that Erin Burnett? Her complaining about one-percenters is kind of a paradox when you consider the content of 8 Ways to Impress Me. It’s the article Ms. Burnett wrote for Men’s Health magazine in which she gives the following eight examples of the sort of things a gentleman would need to do to get her attention. You know, in order to become her Mr. Wonderful. Here’s what she said. Word for word.

Pack Your Bags .  Any guy who can plan a trip to an exotic locale, such as Mongolia, Mozambique, or Papua New Guinea, would impress me.

Buy Me a New Atlas and Globe.  You could unlock my heart by allowing me to dream up my next trip. I love to travel, and hope to eventually set foot in 100 countries. I have many more to go.

Do Something Special for My Parents. Family is important to me, so round-trip business-class tickets to Australia and New Zealand for my parents would earn you big
points in my book.

Relax Me. Yoga keeps me calm, so I’d be impressed if you thought to send a yoga instructor to my apartment for private sessions.

Help Me Work Out. Finding an exercise bike at my door would be great for rainy days when my Raleigh M80 mountain bike and I are stuck indoors.

Edify Me. Reading is a passion of mine, so a gathering with a couple of my favorite authors, especially Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel) and Robin McKinley (The Blue Sword) would make for an exceptional evening.

Please My Palate.  Hiring a personal chef to prepare meals for the few nights a week I am home would be unforgettable.

Send Me Packing. A man who recognizes the importance of my time with the girls is a keeper. A long weekend spa getaway for my sisters and me would be perfection.

WOW. Seems a little light on the service-to-others and stop-global-warming categories for a liberal chick, no? So… in order for a guy to get Erin Burnett’s attention, he’d have to be…hmmm…RICH… AS IN THE TOP 1%. See the irony now? If you think about it, Mr. Wonderful is Mr. Wonderful. Instead of debating him, seems to me Ms. Burnett might rather be dating him.

OUCH. Liberal hypocrisy and stupidity gives me a headache.

And You May Now Slap Yourself in the Head

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If you thought it was impossible to create something more slap-yourself-in-the-head-stupid than the Brosurance and Pajama Boy ads, think again. Just this morning, another painfully absurd piece of Obamacare propaganda wound its way through cyberspace and plopped itself squarely in my newsfeed. The video, featuring  fitness guru, Richard Simmons and contortionist, Nathan Barnatt, represents only a fraction of the six hour infomercial serving to anchor Tell A Friend-Get Covered, the latest (not to mention most tasteless and unseemly) campaign aimed at persuading twenty-somethings to enroll in Obamacare. Like slowing down to gawk at a horrific car wreck, I guarantee it will be impossible for you to suppress the urge to watch the entire four minutes and 23 seconds of this video so you might as well hunker down and get comfortable.

Bizarre, right? So bizarre, in fact, that you even may have mistaken it for a parody, but I promise this is for real. For starters, it’s a dance-off. A 1980’s street-style dance-off between Richard Simmons and Nathan Barnatt, which suggests the target demographic is more along the lines of morbidly obese, middle-aged female fans of The Gong Show and rock ‘n roll oldies rather than healthy millenials. Second, while the image of Richard Simmons clad in one of his signature wife beater t-shirts is hardly odd, the choice for Mr. Simmons to wear one, bedazzled with gold sequins forming the silhouette of a naked man and woman holding hands, seems wildly inappropriate. As if that single fact alone isn’t enough to scorch your retinas, take a moment to review the video and pay particular attention to the two strategically-positioned clusters of darker sequins, one each on the naked man and naked woman. Stop pinching yourself. You are not hallucinating. They are indeed intended to depict pubic hair…or possibly fig leaves…either way, tasteless and inappropriate. AND…you may now slap yourself in the head. 

I have no idea what fitness gurus, contortionists, dance-offs, wife beater t-shirts, pubic hair (or possibly fig leaves) have to do with Obamacare, but then I had no idea what keg stands, pajamas, hot chocolate or young men who resemble Rachel Maddow had to do with Obamacare either.

pjboymaddowMaybe I’m out of touch with the younger generation, but if I were going to “tell a friend” something about this latest, most desperate attempt to promote Obamcare enrollment it would be this.  There’s no way it’s going to inspire anybody to “get covered.” Period.

If you have six hours to waste, you can watch the entire Tell A Friend-Get Covered infomercial here or for a quicker laugh (i.e. to see more ridiculously insulting Obamacare ads), click on the links below.

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