Sarah Jean Seman

First Lady Michelle and President Obama will seek to persuade mothers of the importance of enrolling their "children" in Obamacare at an Oval Office event Wednesday.

According to The Hill:

“They will discuss the critical role moms are playing in helping their families access quality, affordable health care by encouraging their adult children, family members, and peers to sign up for coverage,” a White House official said.

At present “adult children” are not exactly on board with the Affordable Care Act. Less than one third of Millennials (those under the age of 30) plan to enroll in Obamacare, a study by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics revealed:

“Regardless of the term used in describing the federal health reform package, less than one-in-four (20% with use of Affordable Care Act and 22% with use of Obamacare) young Americans under the age of 30 report that they would definitely or probably enroll in insurance through an exchange if and when they are eligible. Forty-seven percent (47%) tell us that they will probably not or definitely not enroll under the ACA program, 45 percent say the same under Obamacare.

Among the 22 percent of people under 30 who do not have health insurance presently, 29 percent (13% definitely will enroll, 16% probably will enroll) say they will roll in the program described as Obamacare, and 25 percent (10% definitely will enroll, 15% probably will enroll) say the same when it’s referred to as the Affordable Care Act.”

In the 2012 election, 60 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds voted for Barack Obama. Today, 54 percent disapprove of the President and 56 percent disapprove of his signature legislation, the Harvard study showed.

Not only do they believe their health care costs will increase, they also believe the quality of their coverage will decrease under the Affordable Care Act.

Turning this demographic back to Obamacare supporters could take some work, which is precisely why the First Family is trying to recruit the mothers of these wayward “adult children.”

Perhaps Obama is hoping to recreate scenes such as this one, promoted on BarackObama.com:

All I can say is, we're not as dumb as they think we are.


Sarah Jean Seman

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