When I was reading about some of the current Obamacare debacles that had to do with people in my age bracket, this song started playing in my mind, even though I hadn’t heard it in years.
It’s a pretty silly song, but the chorus describes my generation all to well.
‘Cause we’re young… dumb and ugly
That’s what we are
We’re so young… young, dumb and ugly
I don’t know about the “ugly” part (though statistically it is an accurate descriptor for at least part of my generation) but the dumb part is distressingly accurate.
Something that the Obama administration was banking on when the President was campaigning on his platform of “free” healthcare for all. My generation was all too willing to lap up the idea that they would get cheap healthcare and free birth control, but they forgot that one thing.
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, someone always has to pay for it.
In this case, the people paying for it are my generation.
You were lied to, plain and simple. Many of you aren’t going to get the subsidies you were promised and the price of insurance is going to be uncomfortably high, probably to the point that you can’t actually afford it, and it’s going to be bad coverage. We know this is the case.
Of course you should have known it was a lie, so that doesn’t make your mistake less dumb. 1/3 of 18 to 29 year olds aren’t even familiar with the Affordable Care Act, how can you be that disconnected?
But you are young, so you have a chance to redeem yourself.
I think it’s a good sign that there were only 100 entries in the Obamacare video contest (I wonder how many of those where the conservatives mocking Obamacare?). Ironically the one that won the contest was made by Erin McDonald and was called “Forget About the Price Tag”…wow, talk about unintentionally damning the whole plan and it’s skyrocketing price tag.
I think maybe you might be coming around.
The 2014 elections will be your chance to prove that while you are young and probably still uninsured (and maybe unemployed), but you aren’t dumb anymore.