Obamacare video winner: ‘Forget about the price tag’

Travis Perry
Dec 05, 2013 11:21 AM
Part 79 of 79 in the series Obamacare

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — The winner of an Obamacare video contest put on by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is either completely oblivious or participating in the most obvious misdirection campaign we’ve ever seen.

Entitled “Forget About the Price Tag,” the video is the musical equivalent of some guy standing on the sidelines shouting “Hey look over there, a moose!”

Singer and video creator Eric McDonald was announced Monday as the winner of HHS’ Healthy Young America video contest, wherein the federal agency encouraged the public to vote on a range of user-submitted clips targeted at getting young people to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Over the course of two minutes, McDonald literally sings the praises of Obamacare and pulls a Donnie Brasco by telling folks concerned about the cost of the program to essentially “forget about it.” She must have missed this recent report from the Heritage Foundation detailing the massive premium increases young people will face under Obamacare.

A 27-year-old Virginian will get hit hardest, seeing a 252.5 percent increase in premiums, while young people in Arkansas will see rate hikes as high as 171.4 percent. Kansas isn’t much better, clocking in at around a 127 percent increase. The only way these Obamacare plans are possibly made “affordable” is through the use of government subsidies to tamp-down the cost of plans that rely heavily on the young and healthy subsidizing the old and infirm. But those who don’t qualify for the cash discount might not be able to forget about the price so easily.

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