“Opt Out of Obamacare” Campaign Has Some Major Flaws
Remember this advertisement? The image of an individual clothed in a red, white, and blue suit wearing an over-sized clownish mask in the form of Uncle Sam in the midst of giving a woman a pelvic exam is very disturbing for most people. That emotion is what a recent advertisement financed by Generation Opportunity was counting on its viewers feeling.
To be precise, the one-minute long video employed that shocking example to show why it will be problematic to “let the government play doctor,” which is what the organization has argued the Affordable Care Act will accomplish. The argument is not that the health care reform, known popularly as Obamacare, will not work from a financial standpoint — but that the law will allow the government to intervene in the personal lives of Americans to an unbearable extent, meaning it is better off to go without coverage.
However, the claim that the tax penalty, which anyone who does not buy insurance coverage that does not meet the Affordable Care Act’s regulations will incur, is a “better deal” for young people cannot be backed up by hard data. The organization’s communications director David Pasch told the Atlantic Wire that the organization was “we’re working on” accumulating the necessary supporting facts, and that the situation depicted in the ad was “generally, anecdotally, what we’ve seen.”