Conservatives have launched a multi-front campaign to persuade young people not to sign up for subsidized health insurance.
The effort is a last-ditch bid to stop Obamacare from working. If young people don't buy insurance, then insurance premiums for everyone else will increase and Obamacare won't make coverage any cheaper.
The reason young people make Obamacare work is that they are healthier and cheaper to insure, on the whole. So their insurance buys would subsidize the cost of older and sicker people. Meanwhile, Obamacare gives young people subsidies to buy insurance, so they'll find it more affordable than they do now.
In this eleventh-hour effort, conservative groups are reaching out to young people via BuzzFeed listicles, gifs, and catchy "Obamacare draft cards" that can be downloaded from FreedomWorks' website and ceremonially burned. Americans for Prosperity may set up kiosks at college football games to urge college students to sacrifice insurance subsidies for the noble cause of destroying Obamacare.
Asked what a young person should do if they're uninsured and in a car accident, FreedomWorks VP Dean Clancy admitted that "you may have to deal with...paying it back in installments, or uncompensated care, or you can sign up for Medicaid."
The intense effort is motivated by fears that if Republicans can't stop Obamacare taking effect this October, they'll never be able to repeal the law. Americans will become "addicted" to healthcare subsidies, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, making Obamacare's repeal impossible.
Needless to say, left-leaning commentators are horrified by the boycott campaign aimed at young people. "Are the people organizing these boycotts going without health insurance? Are they going without their own ACA-regulated, government-subsidized health insurance?" asks WaPo's Jonathan Bernstein. Because if they're not, the campaign is "despicable."